Drivers associated with cab aggregators Ola and Uber had called for a strike in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and some other cities in Mumbai. As a result of the Ola and Uber strike, daily commuters faced a lot of difficulties. At least 50% to 80% of cabs remained off the roads in both cities, on Monday. While the strike has largely subsided in the capital, it is still set to continue indefinitely in Mumbai.
The main reasons for this Ola and Uber strike are the rapidly falling income and incentives. “An Ola or Uber driver is now earning only Rs 4.30 per km compared with Rs 15-20 per km a few years ago. Driver incentives have also fallen by 80% since 2016,” said Anand Kunte, advisor to the Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh, which called for an indefinite Ola and Uber strike by drivers in Maharashtra.
Cab drivers associated with the Mumbai based group have demanded a minimum base fare in the range of Rs. 100-150, depending on the vehicle type. They have also asked for a fare of Rs. 18 to 23 per kilometer. They have further demanded higher commissions, to account for the rising fuel prices. The union has called for an urgent meeting to decide further course of action.
In Hyderabad, the drivers demanded that services be offered only to verified customers, to reduce the cases of assault on drivers. In addition, they have asked for a three-year employment contract.
Transport comes to standstill due to Ola and Uber strike
The strike by Ola and Uber drivers has greatly affected thousands of daily commuters, who are dependent on these cabs for reaching their workplace. On Monday, they were unable to book any cabs. In addition, the surge was exceptionally high due to scarcity of cabs in many parts of Mumbai.
In Delhi, the situation has improved as many drivers came out with their cars. According to them, many of the drivers are willing to ply. However, they are being stopped by union members. Apart from this protest, auto-taxi unions and the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association had also launched a day long strike on Monday, in Delhi. They demanded the state government to reduce value-added tax on petrol and diesel prices.
Ola and Uber officials have assured that they are doing everything in their capacity to get as many cabs on the road as possible. They are also in talks with the protesting drivers.
“We regret the disruption caused to our rider and driver-partner community due to a small group of individuals. We remain committed to serving the city and ensuring that our driver partners continue to access a stable income, while giving riders a convenient, reliable option to get around their city,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.