OLA and Uber have now become a major in taxi services in India. But their drivers aren’t happy with the compensation and other services. A complete shutdown strike was called for today at Delhi/NCR and Mumbai by the OLA and Uber drivers. Delhi/NCR people will suffer a lot.
However Delhi/NCR will be affected badly by the strike, Mumbai can take a breath as the strike is called off there.
The demands of taxi drivers and unions are for better compensation, better verification of riders and streamlining of shared duties. They are also raising questions about extremely low priced services which is affecting their earnings.
“We are carrying out a large-scale protest against the aggregators as they are paying one-third of the promised amount to the drivers. Hence, to press our demands further, the union has decided to stop operations temporarily for 24 hours,” Kamaljeet Gill, president of the union said.
OLA’s spokesperson has mentioned that they did not have any formal information about the strike. They came to know about the strike through media reports only.
A spokesperson for Uber said, “There is no disruption to the service in Delhi-NCR, at this point. We are committed to serving the city, ensuring driver-partners can continue to access a stable income while giving riders a convenient, reliable option to get around Delhi-NCR.”
The services were partially affected on Thursday as well. A delay in availability of cabs was reported from Gurgaon and Noida areas.
Strike at Mumbai called off
The strike at Mumbai is called off by both OLA drivers and Uber drivers. OLA Drivers announced it on Wednesday. MNS (Maharashtra Nav-Nirman Sena) was involved in the discussion with company’s representative and police. As per them, the companies has agreed to meet the demands raised and also will have a relook on blacklisted drivers.
MNS call it “Victory” but there is no confirmation from either OLA or UBER for accepting all demands.