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Bengaluru cab drivers back at work, but union continues strike

Ola, Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola (UTO) Drivers and Owners Association claims that they are continuing with indefinite strike that entered Day 7 on Tuesday.

Published: 01st March 2017 04:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st March 2017 04:31 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Cabs in the city resumed services partially on Tuesday as a section of protesting drivers returned to work. However, Ola, Uber, TaxiForSure and Ola (UTO) Drivers and Owners Association claims that they are continuing with indefinite strike that entered Day 7 on Tuesday. 

“Only those drivers who have leased cars from companies have returned to work. We are planning to launch a two-day strike at Freedom Park from Wednesday. All drivers in the city are expected to participate,” said K Chandru Kumar, a UTO member.  

Many drivers said they are back at work because of lack of an alternative. “I bought a car after cab aggregators promised a minimum income of Rs 1 lakh per month. But now I don’t even earn Rs 20,000,” said an Ola driver.   

“When I tried to book an Ola cab, their Micro or Mini cabs were unavailable, but cabs were available under Prime category, which is more expensive” said S Swati, a commuter in Indiranagar. 

Uber managed to convince a majority of its drivers to return to work after the Karnataka High Court on Monday issued an injunction restraining union leaders from preventing Uber driver-partners from working.

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