Online ride-hailing service provider Uber’s drivers in Bangladesh enforced a 24-hour strike from Sunday midnight to realize their various demands, including reduction in the commission taken by the company to 12 per cent from the current 25 per cent.
All the cars and motorcycles got registered with the Uber app would remain under the purview of the strike, said Dhaka Ridesharing Drivers Union leader Quayum Ahmed.
He said they are compelled to enforce the strike as the Uber authorities are not taking any step to meet their demands though thy have been pressing for those to be met since July last, reports UNB.
Their other demands also include removing the bar to working hours, fixing fare per kilometre and minute from the start to the end of every trip, increasing fare due to rise in gas and oil prices, ensuring security of divers and compensation if passengers cause damage to vehicles, not taking action against drivers without investigating passenger complaints, training passengers on location and making it mandatory to provide passengers’ photos in their Uber accounts and taking steps for giving drivers trips near destination.
Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ride-sharing company, launched on-demand ridesharing service in Dhaka on 22 November 2016.
Meanwhile, Uber’s Dhaka office issued a statement regretting the inconvenience following the strike of its driver partners.
“We regret the disruption caused to the riders and driver-partner community, due to a small group of individuals. We remain committed to serving the city and ensuring that our driver partners continue to access a stable income, while giving riders a convenient, reliable option to get around Dhaka,” it said.
“We’ve processes in place for our driver-partners to address concerns and issues through our Partner Sheba Kendras and in-App feedback,” The statement added.
An Uber spokesperson, wishing anonymity, said most drivers did not respond to the call for the strike as most of the driver-partners have continued proving service to the commuters.