Services Disrupted in Bengaluru as Cab Drivers Intensify Strike
Bengaluru: Ola and Uber services in the city were disrupted as drivers intensified their agitation against cab aggregators for a fall in their monthly remuneration. While a section of drivers protested peacefully — by offering flowers to other drivers who were working — a 50-strong group attacked Uber’s office at HSR layout with stones.
The agitation is expected to continue on Thursday. Drivers, who picked up the agitation from last week, alleged that Ola and Uber had failed to meet their demands. Last week, two protesting drivers attempted suicide outside Ola’s office in Murugeshpalya.
With a number of cabs off the roads, regular users sought autorickshaws and buses for their commute. And, autorickshaw drivers made a killing. “I paid three times more for the auto from Kanakapura road to Manyata Tech Park. This is happening the third time in two weeks,” Reshma Prasad, said.
No association claimed responsibility for vandalising Uber’s office. Tanveer Pasha, president of Ola, TaxiForSure, Uber (OTU) Drivers and Owners Association, said they were protesting in different parts of the city ‘in a very peaceful manner.’ About 30,000 drivers from the association stay away from operating their cabs, he said. “The transport department had called grievance meet twice this month. Uber did not attend any meeting. Neither are they interested in talking to us,” a protesting driver said.
Security guards preventing drivers from entering the office had resulted in drivers throwing stones at the office’s glass-front, he said. Earlier, the protesters broke the CCTV cameras.
An official statement from Uber said: “We’re sorry that our service has been disrupted in Bangalore. We’re aware of isolated reports of threats and intimidation from a small group of people. We again call on the authorities to put an end to this illegal behaviour. We are committed to ensuring that drivers who wish to work are able to do so, and riders can get from A to B conveniently, reliably and safely.”
A 50-strong group attacked Uber’s office with stones