Ola, Uber Taxi Drivers Call Off Strike

The ‘indefinite strike’ by Uber and Ola cabbies in Kerala demanding revision of wages and employment guarantee has been called off. This was following a promise given by the online taxi service managements to favourably consider their demands, which include a review of cutback on weekly wages.

The drivers affiliated to the All Kerala Online Taxi Drivers Union had been on strike since December 29.

Adv. T R S Kumar, president of the union, had, on December 28, told the media that Ola and Uber had gradually withdrawn all the attractive packages that they had initially offered to the drivers, leaving them in dire straits.

Representatives of the new-age taxi operator Uber held talks with the union leaders led by general secretary Majeed Vazhakkala. Ola had already agreed for a dialogue to look into the issues raised.

The Labour Commissioner has called both the managements and union representatives for more talks on January 3.

Kumar said that the managements had been given 30 days to finalise an acceptable wage structure and to ensure better allowances. He called the strike a big success with 2,756 of the 3,107 registered online taxi drivers stopping operations.