The drivers of app-based radio taxi Ola and Uber have announced strike on November 16, 2016 in the Delhi-NCR region. Similar protest and strike took place in Mumbai just a couple of days back and the commuters faced huge inconvenience due to this uninformed move by the drivers. Now, it's Delhi's turn and the drivers have urged fellow drivers to gather at Dussehra ground in Sector 10 in Dwarka at around 09:00 AM in the morning. The drivers have handed over a list of demands which they want to be fulfilled if the company intends them to return to work.
Ola didn't officially commented on the same, but a senior executive in the company, on the condition of anonymity, said that the even though the allegations made by the drivers are baseless but it is quite true that the drivers running leased cars don't have minimum business guarantee. The official further said that the cabs have been returned but the demands of the drivers are not just limited to income."The move to give preference to the leaser cars is also to give more duty to these drivers so that they don't think that the work flow is low," said a driver attached with Ola. The company asks for a deposit of Rs. 20,000-25000 before leasing the cars to the drivers. Then the drivers are charged Rs.800-900 per day. The very same model was applied by Meru Cabs and Mega Cabs in the Indian market, way before Ola and Uber.
An Uber spokesperson, in an e-mail response, said that the company matches the riders with drivers using the algorithm in real time and "There is no question of human interference over the match." The spokesperson denied that the minimum business guarantee was limited only to the attachment drivers. For those asking, Leasing is an indispensible ingredient of the business model of both these companies as it not only helps them in increasing the supply but also ensures driver's exclusivity. The drivers have asked for Rs. 17/kilometer from the companies, while asking for the abolishment of any sort of penalties on their vehicles.
With inputs from MoneyControl