Ola-uber drivers threaten stir
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