Uber, Ola drivers seek fare hike to meet rising fuel costs in Monday strike


At a protest outside Uber's office in Mumbai, dozens of drivers held up placards with messages including 'Uber go back' and 'Ola is the biggest thief'

Uber, Ola drivers seek fare hike to meet rising fuel costs in Monday strike

Hundreds of drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its local rival Ola went on strike in the two biggest Indian cities, Delhi and Mumbai, on Monday, demanding higher fares to meet rising fuel costs that are eating away at their incomes.

Fuel prices in India have risen more than 20 per cent since the start of the year but drivers say fares have not grown at the same rate, making it difficult for them to meet expenses despite working longer hours.

“The companies don’t understand the issues drivers face … they have reduced fares when they should be paying a higher rate,” said Sunil Borkar, secretary at Mumbai taxi drivers’ union Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh.

Borkar said there have been calls from some drivers for an indefinite strike in Mumbai until demands for higher fares are met. He was unsure about how many drivers would eventually join the strike, he added.

Uber said in a statement: “We regret the disruption caused to our rider and driver-partner community, due to a small group of individuals.” It is committed to ensuring that drivers “continue to access a stable income”, it added. Read More

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