By John LuskinThe American automotive industry is a major driver in global trade, but its human resources team is increasingly being criticized by its drivers.
In fact, it’s starting to take a hit.
According to data released by the Federal Trade Commission, in the past two years the number of drivers being terminated has grown by a staggering 75 percent in the U.S. and nearly 50 percent globally.
And the reason for this, according to the FTC, is because many Uber drivers have not been paid, even after being laid off, and their union has filed a class action lawsuit seeking $5 billion in damages.
The FTC says that this trend of drivers disappearing from their jobs and leaving the industry is the result of the increasing number of companies that use automated dispatch platforms like Uber and Lyft to dispatch passengers and drivers across the country.
While these services offer cheaper fares, drivers are not compensated for time they spend on the road.
The FTC says the number is growing at a rate of more than 20 percent per year.
But is it really a good idea to lay off a bunch of drivers when you can have a driverless ride service?
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an industry group, there is a good chance that the vast majority of Uber drivers will be replaced by driverless technology in the next two years.
FMCSA President and CEO Robert Johnson said in a statement that this will create an “increasing demand for safe, reliable transportation” for consumers.
But Johnson said that the problem isn’t just the drivers themselves.
In addition to the drivers who have already gone on the job, there are a lot of drivers who are not paying their bills, which means that the company could lose money.
“It’s a vicious cycle that will continue to worsen over time,” Johnson said.
“Our drivers will continue working without pay, but their companies will continue laying off people to take on new employees.”
Johnson said that as more companies use automated systems to dispatch their drivers, they will be required to pay drivers, even though the drivers will not be compensated.
He added that if the company does not pay the drivers in full within a certain amount of time, they could be “forced to shut down the entire operation and leave millions of drivers without a job.”
In a statement, Uber said that it is not a driver or employee, and is only an app that offers a service.
“We are constantly evaluating the most appropriate way to manage our workforce and ensure that our drivers and other members of our team are compensated appropriately,” Uber said.
In a separate statement, Lyft said that its drivers are fully paid and will continue providing safe rides for passengers across the U to meet demand.
“While our drivers are paid based on their time, our policies and processes are designed to ensure the highest standards of safety and respect for all,” Lyft said.
However, some drivers may be dissatisfied with the company’s approach.
In a recent survey of nearly 200 Uber drivers, more than half of the drivers said that they were dissatisfied with their compensation.
In the survey, only 28 percent said that their wages were fair.
And only 12 percent said they were confident in their work.
The American Automobile Association says that Uber should be required by law to pay their drivers a minimum wage of $15 an hour and pay them overtime pay, which would provide at least the same protection that other workers enjoy.
Uber has not responded to questions about how it will pay drivers.
Johnson said there are also other ways that Uber could improve its business, including by providing more transparency and a stronger legal system.
“It would be very easy to do that by letting us know what is going on with our drivers, and it would allow us to provide a better, more detailed financial picture,” Johnson told NPR.
“And I think that would help our drivers.”
Follow the author of this story on Twitter: @TaraDolan