As the strike by Ola and Uber drivers entered the 11th day on Thursday, cab aggregator Ola asked its drivers to resume the services by telling them how they could earn additional revenue through bookings. In a text message sent on Thursday, the company asked the drivers to resume work and avail of peak rates on the fare.
Ola has asked its drivers to “login at work at the earliest so that they can get two times the base fare.” It also told the drivers that the firm is concerned about their welfare.
Since October 22, the drivers have been protesting against low income and demanding increase in the minimum base fares of the cab services.
As many as 40,000 drivers of Ola and Uber have remained off the roads to demand an increase in their earnings.
The strike has led to a shortage of aggregator cabs on the roads. Commuters have had to switch to using black-and-yellow cabs.
In the text message, Ola said: “To ensure partners avail Rs 12/km on Micro, 15/km on Sedan and 19/km on SUV, drivers must take minimum four cab bookings during peak hours and reduce cancellations to less than 10 per cent.” The strike continued on Thursday. Dileep Nikalje from the Maharashtra Rajya Kamgar Sangh said: “We will continue to protest till the companies (Ola and Uber) listen to our demands and inform us in writing. They did not meet us as promised.”
Ola did not comment.