BENGALURU: Passengers were pulled out of cabs in mid-journey during rush hour as drivers of app-based aggregators Uber and Ola began an indefinite strike in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
With only a section of the drivers joining the strike, cab services were partially affected. Drivers who did not join the strike were stopped and made to get rid of their passengers at several places like Jalahalli, K R Puram, Hebbal, M G Road, Indira Nagar, Electronic City.
The president of Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber (OTU) Drivers and Owners' Union, Tanveer Pasha, admitted that they did stop vehicles at some places.
The Ola and Uber drivers are agitating for higher salaries and incentives. "We have given time till Tuesday to Ola and Uber to resolve the issues but there has been no response so far. App-based aggregators are giving false promises. The government has not done anything despite several petitions from us," Tanveer Pasha said.
The cab driver union leader said more than 80 per cent of cab operators in Bengaluru participated in the strike.
Commuters complained of severe inconvenience at several places. "Some union drivers stopped my cab and asked me to get down. They threatened the driver for plying on a strike day," said Manjunath K, a commuter in Hebbal.
The Ola, TaxiForSure and Uber (OTU) Drivers and Owners Union want, among other demands, an increase in incentives, ban on ride-sharing services and hike in the airport fare.