A joint action committee (JAC), comprising over 50,000 Ola and Uber drivers, is joining Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees on a state-wide strike on October 19.
'We've demanded minimum payout of ₹22 a kilometer...against the present ₹12,' the JAC's Chairman said. The JAC has also demanded better working conditions and a mandatory customer KYC for drivers' safety.
Ola, Uber drivers have sent a notice to cab-hailing companies about their concerns. The drivers have demanded a Taxi Drivers Welfare Board to negotiate issues. The group of drivers has also demanded a hike in payout from Ola, Uber.
The cab drivers are demanding that the customer KYC should be mandated in order to tackle the causes of violent attacks on taxi drivers by some miscreant customers. The cab drivers are further demanding that the government should constitute the Taxi Drivers Welfare Board i.e a special board for the welfare of taxi drivers.
The distress among the drivers working with Ola and Uber is not new. In July 2019, Ola and Uber's drivers organized protests in Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata against no commission relaxation from the cab-hailing services amid rising fuel prices. During the protest, the Sarvodaya Driver’s Association of Delhi told that in 2018, over 19 drivers were murdered in the Delhi region on duty and the drivers are harassed often.