India Uber-Ola drivers strike demanding extra pay

The drivers of the application-based taxi aggregators Uber and Ola started on Monday with an indefinite attack throughout India. They called for additional payments due to an increase in the number of taxis on both platforms, as well as pay cuts on incentives affecting drivers.

The strike, which began at midnight Sunday, focused on the financial center of Mumbai and was convened by the transport union of the political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

Drivers in other cities such as the capital New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune would also participate, party leaders said over the weekend.

“The drivers are heavily in debt, but the companies prefer those who drive vehicles owned by the company,” said Sanjay Naik, president of the MNS transport wing, at a press conference on Saturday.

The drivers did a fraction of what was promised to them when they teamed up with the companies, he added.

Uber was not immediately available for comment, while Ola Sprecher said it was too early to measure the impact of the attack.

Several travelers complained about long waiting times and high fares because of the lack of taxis on the road.

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