Ola and Uber drivers in the city have called for an indefinite strike in the city demanding an increase in their earnings and rise in minimum fares of cab services, due to the strike of the drivers, daily commuters are suffering inconvenience since two days.
The cab drivers are also demanding fixed fare of Rs 16 per km for AC hatchback, Rs 18 for AC sedans and Rs 22 for AC SUV, with Rs 100 – Rs 150 fixed fare for the first 4 km. They have also complained against cab company deducting their pay when customers complained to them.
The drivers launched their protest on Monday in Mumbai, under the banner of Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh (MRRKS).
“Ola and Uber are asking us to call off the strike without fulfilling our demands. However, we have cleared our stand that the strike will continue till the demands are fulfilled,” said Sunil Borkar, secretary of Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh (MRRKS).
“We may intensify the protest by blocking all traffic at four toll plazas at Mumbai entry and exit point,” he added.
The strike began on Monday, with some of the drivers who have signed up with Ola and Uber in Mumbai demanding revised rates because they claim they are not earning enough, particularly after the recent hike in fuel prices.
Due to the strike of the Ola-Uber drivers, daily commuters are forced to pay more fares than usual to the cab services. Instances of Ola-Uber drivers threatening cab drivers on roads have been reported in parts of Mumbai.