Drivers of app-based cab service Uber today called off their four-day-old strike, the transport wing of the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which spearheaded the stir, said. A similar strike by drivers of Ola, another popular ride-hailing app, was called off yesterday. Claiming “victory” for the “owner-operators” of Uber cabs in Mumbai and other places, the MNS, in a statement here this evening, said the Uber management, during their talks with the police and the wing’s representatives earlier in the day, has given a written commitment on meeting the various demands.
These include a relook at drivers blacklisted by the taxi aggregator and putting up stickers in Marathi on Uber cabs, the statement said. An Uber spokesperson, in a separate statement, confirmed that the strike had been called off with immediate effect. MNS transport wing president Sanjay Naik told PTI, “Like Ola, Uber has also assured us that the company will look into ways to increase earnings of the Uber driver-partners”.
On March 19, drivers of Uber and Ola went on an indefinite strike to protest “low profit margins”. It is estimated that over 45,000 app-based cabs operate in the financial capital alone.