Ola, Uber Driv­ers Plan to Ex­pand Strike to South

The Economic Times - - Companies: Pursuit Of Profit - Shash­wati.Shankar @times­group.com

Ben­galuru: Driv­ers work­ing with on­line taxi ag­gre­ga­tors Uber and Ola are plan­ning to ex­pand their strikes to other ma­jor cities such as Ben­galuru and Chen­nai, af­ter dis­rupt­ing ser­vices in Delhi for the past three days.

Around 50,000 driv­ers across Ben­galuru, up to 25,000 driv­ers in Hy­der­abad, and ap­prox­i­mately 5,000 driv­ers in Chen­nai have planned to an­nounce a strike on Fe­bru­ary15 even as their ag­i­ta­tion in the cap­i­tal con­tin­ues.

“We are fo­cus­ing on a strike across ma­jor cities in south In­dia. The min­i­mum ₹ 1 lakh monthly rev­enue promised to us in the be­gin­ning doesn’t ex­ceed ₹ 30,000 now, and many driv­ers have to pay at least ₹ 16,000- 18,000 on EMIs,” said Tan­veer Pasha, president of the Ola, Tax­iForSure and Uber (OTU) Driv­ers’ Union in Ben­galuru.

In 2016, Pasha claims, 7,0008,000 driv­ers protested on a sin­gle day in Ben­galuru and he ex­pects to see a larger turnout on Fe­bru­ary 15.

“Ev­ery day 50 new cars are reg­is­tered with Uber and Ola in Ben­galuru. While new driv­ers are lured in through perks, we want them to stop in­creas­ing the sup­ply of cars and hir­ing new driv­ers and give the ex­ist­ing driv­ers what they were promised,” added Pasha.

Ben­galuru is the largest mar­ket in In­dia for Ola and Uber, ac­count­ing for about onethird of their com­bined busi­ness of around 1,50,000 taxis. The num­ber of driv­ers in the city will be much more, as some cabs ply non­stop with mul­ti­ple driv­ers.

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