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Taxi, auto unions threaten to go on strike from November 10 in Mumbai

Taxi and autorickshaw unions in the city have been protesting against cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber for the past two years and demanding that the government regulate their services.

| Mumbai | Published: October 14, 2016 1:43:38 am
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TAXI and autorickshaw unions have again threatened a strike, this time from November 10, if Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis does not regulate services of app-based cabs or meet the union members to discuss their demands.

Taxi and autorickshaw unions in the city have been protesting against cab aggregators such as Ola and Uber for the past two years and demanding that the government regulate their services.

This time, they have decided to send a memorandum to all political parties and request the parties to clear their stand on the issue.

Udaykumar Ambonkar of the Shiv Sangram Taxi Rickshaw Union said, “Earlier, when we announced a strike during Ganesh Chaturthi, CM Fadnavis had promised to meet us. But that has not happened. Now, we will give a memorandum to all political parties, apart from the CM.”

“It is an injustice to other taxi drivers that the app-based aggregators are running their vehicles without any regulations,” Ambonkar added.

The unions also want the government to start an app-service for all taxis and autos, said Chandrakant Lohar of Mumbai Rickshaw Taxi Chalamak Sena. “We are willing to provide better services like Ola and Uber, but we want to be in competition. For this, we request the state government to start a separate application for taxi and autos, through which we all will run our vehicles.”

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