New Delhi: The indefinite strike by drivers working with app-based cab aggregators, such as Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd) and Uber India was called off partially Sunday as five unions agreed to run taxis in Delhi NCR following the government’s assurance.
However, Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi (SDAD), which claims to represent 1.5 lakh of drivers in the National Capital Region (NCR), said it has not withdrawn its strike which will also continue on Monday.
But as five drivers’ unions, out of six, have withdrawn support their from the strike, commuters who have been facing hardship in hiring cabs for the last three days, may have some respite from Monday.
The development comes after a delegation of drivers’ unions met Delhi transport minister Satyendar Jain who assured them of fulfilling most of their demands.
“The transport minister has assured us that their fares from the existing Rs6 per km will be increased. In the meeting, the minister also assured drivers’ unions that app-based cab aggregators including Ola and Uber will not charge 25% commission on every booking," said Balwant Singh, President of Rajdhani Tourist Drivers’ Union.
According to Singh, the Delhi transport minister has called a meeting on Tuesday with drivers’ unions and representatives of Uber and Ola where all issues of drivers will be addressed.
Among the unions which have withdrawn their support from the strike are Commercial Drivers Union, East Delhi Driver Ekta Union, Delhi NCR Radio Taxi Union, Rajdhani Tourist Driver Union, Singh said.
However, Ravi Rathore, vice-president of Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi, said that drivers associated with his union will remain on strike Monday. He said he could not attend Sunday’s meeting with the transport minister due to engagement with drivers who are protesting at Jantar Mantar for their demands.
“Our union represents 1.5 lakh drivers, who work with app-based cab aggregators in Delhi NCR, and they all will remain on strike tomorrow as well. We will not call off our strike until our demands are met. We demand that fares be increased from the existing Rs6 per km to Rs21 per km. The 25% commission by aggregators on every booking should also be stopped," Rathore said. He claimed that Telangana taxi drivers association has also extended support to their strike.
Thousands of drivers were on indefinite strike since Friday to protest against “low fares" and “lack" of basic amenities from app-based taxi aggregators, such as Ola and Uber.