Why are Bengaluru cab drivers not joining the Ola-Uber strike?
The Ola and Uber strike spearheaded by Mumbai's Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena apparently didn't reach Bengaluru, as cabs did ply on road, though fewer than usual. The low frequency affected fares as commuters complained of surge pricing. The nationwide strike is to demand better working conditions and wages. But Bengaluru drivers decided not to join as they feel such strikes never yield results.
'No point in strikes, they don't yield anything'
Explaining the non-participation, Tanveer Pasha, president, Uber, TaxiForSure, Ola (UTO) drivers and owners association, said that the drivers are anyway struggling with low wages. Pasha had organised such strikes earlier but opted out this time because "they didn't yield us any benefits," he said. He added the low frequency is because the drivers had gone to their villages for celebrating Ugadi on the weekend.
Stray cases of commuters being stranded due to strike
Some commuters did face difficulties, but could manage. "I tried booking an Ola, and although the app displayed that cabs are available, I couldn't make a booking. I did not experience any hiccups on Uber, however," said Jimmy George, an MNC employee.