Uber, Ola Drivers Join Forces For India's Biggest Strike For 'Cab Neutrality'!
20 March, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Nina Hammond
Sanjay Naik from Maharashtra Navnirmal Vahatuk Sena said, "Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs".
There are around 25,000 cabs attached with app-based aggregators involving same number of people in the business in the city.
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The strike, which began Sunday midnight, will be continued till Tuesday noon, according to leaders of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which is supporting the strike.
The strike has been called by Maharastra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena, the transport wing of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), said the reports.
Naik said they had written several letters to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, transport department and transport minister but none had met them to hear their demands.
Other taxi unions, including the Mumbai Taximen s Union, have extended support. However, they did face minor problems such as surge in fares and longer waiting time.
But Bengaluru drivers decided not to join as they feel such strikes never yield results. It also claimed that it has received support from most of the union of app-based cab drivers. Drivers at the courthouse protest chanted: "Jewish, Zionist Uber!".
Hence, basically, this is a case of cab neutrality - Drivers of vehicles owned by Uber and Ola are being given better treatment than self-owned vehicle owners.
While Uber has not made any comment yet, a press statement from Ola said that it was in talks with the police to handle any untoward situation. "We want the companies to stick to their promise of providing income of Rs 1.25 lakh per month to these drivers", Sanjay Naik, leader, Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena. Uber sees its driver-partners, which is at about 3 lakh strong now in India, growing 5-10x in the next three years.
Drivers were making a fraction of what was promised to them when they partnered with the companies, he added. While some users are able to get a ride on Uber, Ola-loyalists are largely left in the lurch with no cabs available.
Meanwhile, the owners of the vehicles have asked both the companies to increase their fares as well as the incentives, as they are now working under losses.
This is evident from the fact that this is not the first such strike by the drivers in India, nor is it the first such strike globally.
The drivers are practically on the verge of starvation owing to the mismanagement by the two companies, Naik said.
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