Bengaluru: Cab drivers to go off Uber, Ola platforms today to protest cut in earnings

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Bengaluru | Published: February 16, 2017 3:39:43 AM

Cab drivers attached to Ola and Uber will disconnect themselves from the apps of respective cab aggregator platforms from Thursday in protest against the reduction in their earnings.

A drop in earnings has been a major concern for drivers .(Reuters)A drop in earnings has been a major concern for drivers .(Reuters)

Cab drivers attached to Ola and Uber will disconnect themselves from the apps of respective cab aggregator platforms from Thursday in protest against the reduction in their earnings.

“The cab aggregators have cut our earnings which they had assured when they took us on board. We had protested in the past also, but they took time from us on two occasions earlier and have not taken any decision to protect our interests. At today’s meeting also, both Ola and Uber management executives asked for more time and we were not in favour of that and decided to go off their Apps from tomorrow,” Tanveer Pasha, president of Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola Drivers and Owners Association, told FE.

He said the tripartite meeting convened by the transport commissioner between drivers and Ola and Uber representatives failed to arrive at any consensus as the managements sought more time to settle their (cab drivers’) issues. Wednesday’s meeting was the third after the earlier two attempts saw similar fates, as aggregators had taken time extension to address their concerns.

A drop in earnings has been a major concern for drivers. They were promised an income of R80,000 to R1 lakh per month by both the cab aggregators. But their income has dropped to as low as R30,000 per month in recent days. Of this, they have to pay R15,000 to R18,000 as EMIs towards loan and run their families, which was not possible with such low incomes, Pasha said.

“We will convince all our members (both owners and drivers) to disconnect themselves from the apps of the respective aggregator platforms from tomorrow and not take any bookings. If anyone does not follow our instructions, we will force them to do so,” Pasha added.

The drivers also staged a protest rally in front of the transport commissioner office on Wednesday morning in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai as a mark of protest against cab aggregators.

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