Mumbai: Commuters in Mumbai are set to suffer further as the strike by Ola and Uber cab drivers is likely to continue on Tuesday. While 70 per cent cabs stayed off roads until Monday evening, the union expects more to join by Tuesday morning.
However, Ola and Uber officials have assured that they will try to get as many cabs as possible on the roads, according to a Times of India report.
The Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh called an “indefinite strike” demanding better earnings and assured income of Rs 3,000 daily.
For the first time, cab drivers are also demanding fixed fare of Rs 16 per km for AC hatchback, Rs 18 for AC sedans and Rs 22 per km for AC SUV with Rs 100-150 fixed fare for 4 km.
Monday’s strike led to shortage of aggregator cabs in several parts of the city and surge price was as high as three to four times.
According to TOI, the fare for a Mulund-Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus ride, which is generally Rs 500-600 was Rs 1,521 on Monday morning.
Around 300 drivers assembled outside Uber’s office in Kurla on Monday, shouting slogans and waving placards with messages like “Uber go back” and “Ola is the biggest thief”. Some drivers spread to the road and tried to stop other vehicles from plying.
By afternoon, the union was furious at “not being heard” by the Uber management and also found that Ola’s office in Andheri was shut. They then announced the indefinite strike, following which cabs gradually went off roads.
Commuters, particularly office goers, who depend on aggregator cab services, faced the brunt of the strike as they found it difficult to book one and had to pay three to four times the usual fare.
“Several Ola and Uber drivers had assembled outside aggregator firm office in Kurla demanding increase in earnings. We also went to Ola office in Andheri, but the offices were shit. So till the time they resolve our issues, drivers will not operate cabs and it will be an indefinite strike,” Sangh secretary Sunil Borkar was quoted by Times of India as saying.
The protesters said that Ola and Uber have reduced fares despite the hike in fuel prices and this has hit their earnings. They added that memorandum will be sent to aggregator firm officials demanding improvement in drivers’ earnings.