Ola-uber driv­ers threaten stir

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: There could be more com­mut­ing woes for cit­i­zens in the days ahead.

Driv­ers of app-based cabs Ola and Uber have in­di­cated that they were plan­ning an ag­i­ta­tion and a pos­si­ble strike in the city this week.

Ac­cord­ing to a union rep­re­sent­ing the driv­ers, they were miffed with the state gov­ern­ment for not tak­ing any con­crete ac­tion over their de­mands. A union leader on Sun­day said that an ag­i­ta­tion led by driv­ers would be­gin this week, after which fur­ther course of ac­tion such as a strike could be planned.

Ear­lier on Satur­day, driv­ers who were black­listed ow­ing to lower cus­tomer rat­ings had gath­ered to protest out­side the com­pany of­fices, de­mand­ing to be re­in­stated.

Ola and Uber driv­ers took out a 12-day-long strike last Novem­ber, apart from a protest rally on the first day of win­ter ses­sion of the state assem­bly.

The driv­ers were de­mand­ing higher in­come, a min­i­mum base fare in the range of ₹100-150 de­pend­ing on the type of car and a per-km fare of ₹18 to ₹23 among oth­ers.

“The state gov­ern­ment had as­sured us, but no ac­tion has been taken as of now. The black­listed driv­ers that were de­tained by the po­lice were hold­ing a peace­ful protest. It ap­pears that the gov­ern­ment is sup­port­ing the com­pa­nies rather than the driv­ers. The driv­ers should be re­in­stated im­me­di­ately,” said Govind Mohite, pres­i­dent, Ma­ha­rash­tra Ra­jya Rashtriya Kam­gar Sangh.

“We will be hold­ing a meet­ing of driv­ers on Wed­nes­day to in­ter­act with them, after which a fi­nal call will be taken,” added Mohite.

An­other union rep­re­sent­ing the driv­ers of Ola, Uber have stated that they have given the state gov­ern­ment a week’s time and if the gov­ern­ment fails to re­act then it would go on a strike.

“The ag­i­ta­tion will be­gin from this week. We have ap­proached the state gov­ern­ment and given them one week to take ac­tion. If they do not re­spond, then we will go on strike,”said Ma­hesh Jad­hav, pres­i­dent, Marathi Kam­gar Sena.

THE DRIV­ERS WERE DE­MAND­ING HIGHER IN­COME, A MIN­I­MUM BASE FARE IN THE RANGE OF ₹100-150 DE­PEND­ING ON THE TYPE OF CAR AND A PER-KILO­ME­TRE FARE OF ₹18 TO ₹23, AMONG OTH­ERS

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