Ola, Uber cabbies go on strike: pan-India stir looms

Pauline Gross
March 20, 2018

Few unions, such as Sangharsh Tourist Chalak Malak Sangh, have opposed the protest but many drivers may stay off the roads due to fear of being attacked or cabs getting damaged, the reports said. "But their income is going down every month due to mismanagement of Ola and Uber", Naik alleged.

Lakhs of Mumbai commuters were severely hit as more than 80,000 drivers of aggregator cabs like Ola and Uber went on a strike here on Monday. As per the organization, if the demands are not met, the proposed strike could go on indefinitely. Following the strike carried out by MNS in Mumbai, drivers from other metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru have also joined in. According to them, vehicles which were owned by the companies and leased out to drivers were still plying on the roads, and the striking drivers were trying to stop them. I was continuously checking both the apps (Ola and Uber) to get a cab quickly. They also employ bouncers, who push our poor drivers out whenever they try to complain.

Union president Sanjay Naik told TOI thousands of driver partners are supporting the stir. "An FIR was registered subsequently".

Police in Mumbai have issued notices to leaders of the union under section 149 of CrPC relating to unlawful assembly. "We demand that Ola and Uber taxis agree to the laws by which the yellow-black taxis are run". These names will be given by 12 pm on Tuesday. "Until then, we will remain offline", Naik said.

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"We will wait for the two days as police has taken responsibility to conduct the meeting". Meanwhile, hundreds of Mumbaikars either ended up paying almost double their usual fares, or were left to look for alternatives.

Tejal Pednekar, a content writer who resides in Vile Parle, said, "I usually prefer an Uber share vehicle to reach my office which is at Andheri, but today I had to rely on auto-rickshaws". Instead of paying the surge price, Nigel travelled by local train and was delayed by almost an hour.

An Uber spokesperson said, "We keep experimenting with our incentive structures, and the same might differ from city to city and can vary between one driver partner to another, based on the kind of incentive structures they opt for".

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.

Other reports by GizPress

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