After causing inconvenience to commuters for the past 12 days, cab aggregators — Ola and Uber — called off the strike on Friday. The unions called for a temporary truce till November 15 so as to not cause further problems during Diwali next week.
The announcement came four days after stakeholders held a meeting with the state transport officials and minister Diwakar Raote at the Mantralaya. The strike was called off on the condition that cab aggregators would prepare a new fare chart on price-per-kilometre, by mid-November, which will take into consideration the rising fuel prices, sources said. Till then, both Ola and Uber will follow a Diwali-incentive scheme in which cab drivers will earn a profit on every ride, the sources added.
Both the cab aggregators have confirmed that there will be no increase in the fare for customers.
Sachin Bhosale from Maharashtra Rajya Kamgar Sangh said, “The companies have agreed to think through our demands till November 15. Till that time, we will avail an incentive scheme from the companies that will ensure we get paid better. The scheme will help us clear the losses sustained in the past 12 days of the strike.”
As part of the scheme, Uber has decided to provide an incentive of Rs 825 for every two trips and Rs 20,000 for every 45 trips, to each driver, taken during the day.
Since October, both Ola and Uber drivers have been on an indefinite strike. As many as 500 drivers of the Maharashtra Rajya Kamgar Sangh participated in the stir.
On Monday, senior officials from the legal departments of Ola and Uber held a meeting with the drivers. “We want an increase in the minimum base fares. Which means, the minimum base fares would increase to Rs 12 per km for micro cars, Rs 15 per km for Sedan and Rs 19 per km for SUVs. The companies also promised to compensate us on the losses incurred during the protest,” Sudhir Bhosale from the Maharashtra Rajya Kamgar Sangh said. The drivers also asked the companies not to increase the number of leased cars (owned by companies) for fair business practice.
The drivers have threatened to resume the strike on November 15 if their demands are not met.