I'm not right-wing at all, but I was wondering what all the hubbub was about here. As far as I know, Uber didn't even exist just a few years ago. Furthermore they billed themselves as a "ride-sharing" company, which to mean means you'd be a lunatic to quit your day job and drive for uber full time. Presumably those driving for uber did something else not so long ago for their primary income.
But if your sentiment is that Uber should be treated as any other taxi company, I agree with you there. And stories like this drive home the fact that Uber really is a taxi company but it wants to play by its own rules because Internet.
Maybe if Uber drivers knew about the taxi industry they'd be more realistic about their expectations.
I've talked to taxi drivers all over the world and the vast majority of them work many many hours each week, often 60-80 hours, to provide for their families. It's very hard work. And in several countries I've visited, taxis are owned, operated, and maintained by the driver but all fares go through the taxi company which takes its cut. In Israel, it's sometimes best to negotiate a fare when you get in the taxi, since if it goes on the meter, the driver doesn't get as much of the fare, and I'd rather he get a good fair share of it.