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Fuel subsidy: Uber, Bolt drivers announce strike

June 7, 2023

The popular e-hailing platforms, Uber and Bolt, have announced its intention to launch a nationwide protest on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.

As part of the protest, the union has decided to go on strike.

The decision to protest comes in the wake of recent increases in the price of Premium Motor Spirit.

The drivers had expressed their dissatisfaction with the inadequate fare adjustments implemented by the ride-hailing companies.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the union on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

The statement reads, “The union’s technical team is versed with the operation and technicality of ride-hailing companies and on our calculations, any app company can breakeven charging below five per cent even though the union recommended a flat commission of 10 per cent or 50 per cent off their current commission during our last meeting, as we believe this will help us to cope with maintenance costs, spare parts and various overhead cost and the current fuel increase.

“We can no longer tolerate any act of dictatorial practices by any app company because we are workers and as an organised union, we have written several letters to these companies for a round table discussion where we can look at various areas of concern and dialogue but they have remained adamant with a deliberate intention to avoid responsibility.

“So, as a result of this insensitivity, the union is directing all its members across the nation to shut down their service on all ride-hailing applications from Wednesday, June 7, 2023, in protest against every dictatorial practice and lack of concern for welfare and security of App-Based Transport workers of Nigeria.”

 

(Blueprint)

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