Uber, Ola drivers to join nationwide strike on Monday


The strike has been called by Maharastra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena, the transport wing of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), said the reports.

Thousands of commuters were majorly inconvenienced by an indefinite strike called by Ola and Uber driver partners affiliated to the MNS transport union in Mumbai on Monday.

In another claim made by the drivers, the company Ola is cheating them by prioritising the company owned car's revenue over self-owned vehicles. "But drivers are now unable to make even half of this income as there is some mismanagement persists by the various companies", Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena told. Uber already make sure of this that the drivers will be going for the strike, but today they are not worth to cover their costs and lose anyhow.

As private cabs were off roads, commuters had to agree to the price demanded by auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers. Due to a slump in business, the number of such cabs has gone down by 20 per cent.

Today being the start of the week, commuters will face problems, considering there are 45,000 cabs in Mumbai alone.

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Naik claimed that both Ola and Uber had promised big returns of more than Rs 1.25 lakh per month to cab drivers who invested anywhere between Rs 5 and 7 lakh.

Last year, when drivers of these cab services went on a strike, commuters relying heavily on these app-based cab services were left with no choice but to pay nearly double charges to the auto drivers. The drivers had last staged a strike in September a year ago against lower income returns received from mobile app-based companies.

In business model B, the driver pays a minimal amount between Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 to Ola, and Uber, and then gets a new vehicle which is owned by the company. In Delhi the availability of Ola and Uber cabs have not been significantly hit. However, Uber spokesperson said, "The Honourable Bombay high court issued an injunction prohibiting unions, their leaders and anybody else from obstructing the activities of Uber driver partners".

Dhavade said, "We will continue our strike till the time these wrong policies are rolled back by the companies". The deadlock between radio cab aggregators Ola and Uber and their striking drivers looked set to spill over into Tuesday, after attempts at reconciliation between them failed on Monday.

Talking about the same Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena told ANI, "We demand that Ola and Uber taxis agree to the laws by which the yellow-black taxis are run. If they violate any orders, they are liable to be prosecuted".