Unions supporting the striking drivers of app-based cab aggregators on Friday announced calling off the Uber and Ola strike ahead of Diwali after a meeting was conducted by Transport Minister Diwakar Raote along with union leaders and the representative from Uber and Ola.
“We are relieved that driver partners in the city can now get back behind the wheel without fear, to earn their livelihoods like before,” Ola said in a statement, according to The Times of India. “Millions of customers in the city have been inconvenienced over the past few days without access to their choice of mobility.”
The announcement came four days after stakeholders held a meeting with the state transportation officials and minister Diwakar Raote at the Mantralaya. The strike was called off on the condition that cab aggregators would prepare a new fare chart on price-per-kilometre, by mid-November, which will take into consideration the rising fuel prices, sources said. Till then, both Ola and Uber will follow a Diwali-incentive scheme in which cab drivers will earn a profit on every ride, the Indian Express added.
Sachin Bhosale from Maharashtra Rajya Kamgar Sangh said, “The companies have agreed called of Uber and Ola Strike and to think through our demands till November 15. Till that time, we will avail an incentive scheme from the companies that will ensure we get paid better. The scheme will help us clear the losses sustained in the past 12 days of the strike.”
Union leader Sachin Ahir said: “We have demanded that fares be linked to fuel price hikes. Aggregator firms must come up with a solution to fix fares which could be dynamic -earnings could be dynamic -earnings could rise if there is a hike”.
Ahir said aggregator firms like Uber has offered to raise income up to Rs 12 a km for small cars, up to Rs 15 per km for sedans and up to Rs 19 per km for SUVs, but demanded it must not include “per minute ride charges” and other incentives.