The Karnataka High Court on Monday issued an injunction restraining unions and their leaders, who prevented Uber drivers from operating in Bengaluru. Cab drivers attached to both Uber and Ola have been on strike in the city since February 22, demanding restoration of higher incentives. Uber India had moved the high court on February 23 seeking an injunction restraining the driver partners from instigating others to go on strike. The court, which heard the case on Monday, granted the injunction for eight weeks.
“We welcome the court’s order and hope that it will enable drivers to get back behind the wheel, something many have been telling us they wish to do. We now request police to effectively enforce the court order, take action against people carrying out illegal acts and ensure the safety of our riders and driver partners,” an Uber spokesperson said.
On February 22, as many as 1,00,000 cabs launched an indefinite strike in Bengaluru and some miscreants had vandalised Uber office in HSR Layout. Since then drivers are protesting against both Ola and Uber. “The cab aggregators have been unfair to drivers by not giving the due incentives to them. We have been silently and peacefully protesting against their policies. We have not resorted to any violent activity. If anyone wants to drive we have no objection,” Tanveer Pasha, president, Ola TaxiForSure and Uber Drivers Association told FE.
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He said they will continue with their strike till they get justice. The Association is planning to reach out to all political parties in the state and Centre to get support for their cause, he added. On Monday, an estimated 350-400 cabs operated in the city out of about 100,000 vehicles that are attached to both Ola and Uber.
“We have been listening to our driver partners all along and are committed to helping them to resume serving riders. In the event of incidents of intimidation or disruption, we urge riders and drivers to dial 100,” Uber spokesperson said.