In a huge relief to passengers and fliers in Mumbai, Ola and Uber drivers have called-off their strike which started on October 23rd, and partially spread to New Delhi, Pune and other cities.
Interestingly, as per a report by Mid-Day, most of the drivers of Ola and Uber in Mumbai have claimed to be against a strike, and have told that the ‘Unions’ which incited these strikes are ‘politically motivated’.
Will the Govt take action against such Unions now?
Ola, Uber Drivers End Strike
In a huge relief to commuters, and fliers in Mumbai, Ola and Uber drivers have finally decided to end their 25-day strike.
Drivers’ Union leader Sachin Ahir along with a delegation met state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and gave him a list of demands of the drivers.
As per reports, the CM was quite positive and assured that the demands will be met very soon. Earlier in the day, the delegation had made plans to carry a morcha from Bharat Mata to Azad Maidan, but was stopped by the police.
Later, they decided to hold a rally at Azad Maidan, and then proceeded to Vidhan Bhavan, where they met the CM.
More reports are awaited.
Ola/Uber Drivers: We Are Against Strike
As per an investigation by Mid-Day, it was found that the majority of drivers were against the strike, and were forced to stop working due to ‘Unions’.
As it turns out, these Unions are politically motivated outfits, whose sole agenda is to disrupt the market for scooping out political advantage. If a driver refuses to side by them, then they are threatened.
An Ola driver said to Mid-Day: “Elections are approaching and every party is suffering from the saviour syndrome. But the strike breaks our back and we do not wish to participate,”
As per this driver, those who are working with Ola and Uber are earning good, but are forced to participate in the strike due to the political outfit, who disguise as Drivers’ unions.
Infact, there is no drivers’ union when in comes to Ola and Uber drivers. Unions are only restricted to kaali-peeli taxis.
Another unnamed driver said, “We don’t want the strike. There are no unions among Ola-Uber drivers and these are forced initiatives,”
Uber has already agreed to increase drivers’ income by Re 1 per km in Mumbai, which translates to an additional income of Rs 2000 to Rs 2200 per month, if a driver works for 8 hrs a day.
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