Drivers partnered with taxi aggregator Uber called off their strike in Mumbai on Thursday after a delegation from the transport wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, which spearheaded the protest, met the company.
“We have heard their concerns and have taken note of the feedback,” an Uber spokesperson said. “We remain committed to serving the city, ensuring that driver partners can continue to access stable earning opportunities while giving riders a convenient option to get around Maharashtra.”
Drivers of app-based cab service Ola ended their strike on Wednesday. Raj Thackeray’s MNS then released a statement, saying that the Ola management had made a written commitment to meet their demands, NDTV reported. “Ola would like to apologise to all its customers for the inconvenience caused due to factors beyond its control,” the company said after the strike was called off.
Both Uber and Ola drivers began an “indefinite strike” in Mumbai on Monday. Drivers in Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune joined in, but in fewer numbers. The drivers claimed that they earned much less than what they had been promised initially because of mismanagement by the two taxi aggregators.
The police have arrested at least 15 people from across Mumbai for damaging cars in the past three days, NDTV quoted a senior official as saying.