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Drivers demands won’t impact Ola, Uber; strike will end soon: Experts


The ongoing strike by the major cab aggregator drivers of Ola and Uber will die its own death without reaching the conclusion.

The strike is backed by local cab associations, which make the show fishy and have a low impact on the cab companies so one can expect this strike to disappear soon, said a research firm expert on the strike of drivers that started on Monday.

He also said that this kind of strikes took place in 2015 but settled within weeks.

Drivers demands were like business commitment worth Rs 1.25 lakh every month, lucrative incentives, full KYC of the riders, reinstatement of blacklisted drivers among others. Most of the drivers suggest that the concern for them is to earn wages per month which should be above 1 lakh but they just make Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per month.

“The strike is controlled by selected unions and will further affect our daily earnings and nothing more,” said Mirza Sadid, an Uber driver in Bengaluru.

He further added that the issue is earning more wages and strikes are pointless.

Meanwhile, the strike called by the app-based cab drivers have much impact in Mumbai, where commuters suffered the most as they struggled to find cabs. The impact of the strike was more critical in the city as transport wing of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) got backing from other unions. They demanded cab aggregators to meet the govt to sort out the issue.

While the other cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad witnessed normal operations. In Delhi, the cab drivers have said that they would go on strike from Friday.

Also Read: Coming Monday Ola and Uber drivers to go on strike in Mumbai, NCR and Bengaluru, demand commitment of Rs 1.25 lakh business

The cab aggregator major Uber has said that the whole situation has been caused by several groups not all cabbies by obstructing the activities of driver partners.

The ride-hailing major also added that they are committed to ensure attractive opportunities to the driver partners on the platform.

The expert also added that the business model of cab aggregators needs to be changed, which includes the hiring of excessive numbers of cabs and drivers on a platform and also going back on earlier promises of good returns and others lucrative offers.

The development was reported by ET. 

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