Ola, Uber Drivers Plan to Expand Strike to South
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.