Mumbai: The Ola and Uber drivers’ unions have warned the state government of holding a strike once again if their demands for better earnings are not met. The union leaders added that the date of the proposed strike will soon be decided. The demand of the drivers is to fix the minimum fare of the rides at a rate of Rs 100 to Rs 150 owing to the rising fuel price in recent months.
A 12-day strike was organised by the drivers’ union in the month of October and November last year. However, the strike was called off after the state transport minister Diwakar Raote had a discussion with the management of the union.
Govind Mohite of Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh reportedly stated that the drivers were granted incentives on the occasion of Diwali incentives. They again entered into the second round of agitation after which chief minister Devendra Fadnavis assured that the demands of the delegation will be looked after and a meeting would be held soon after the state assembly winter session. A report by Times of India quoted Mohite as saying, “It has been over a month and driver partners are disappointed that their demands seem to have been ignored by the government, he said. Some drivers who went on a hunger strike in Ghatkopar to raise some issues against the aggregator firms on Friday night were picked up by police.”
Threatening to hold similar agitations in the future, Mohite raised voiced on behalf of the drivers’ union. He clearly stated the demands of the drivers and requested the government to redress their grievances. Further, union members claimed that the drivers receive just Rs 1-3 per km as incentives. The report further alleged that the drivers lost Rs 10,000 to 20,000 in the last strike which also caused huge inconvenience to the daily commuters.