Uber drivers on strike for 9-point demand

Drivers of mobile app-based ridesharing company Uber Bangladesh under the banner of Dhaka Ridesharing Drivers Union imposed a 24-hour strike from Sunday midnight to realize their 9-point demand. The demands of the Uber drivers include fixing fare for per kilometer and minute from start to end of every trip, reducing Uber’s commission from 25% to 12%, raising fare due to a hike in gas prices and arranging trips near destinations under the “Destination” option in the app.

Uber drivers also demanded ensuring security of the drivers and arranging compensation if passengers cause damage to vehicles, taking no action against the drivers without investigating passenger complaints, Making it compulsory for passengers to provide own image in their Uber accounts, arranging initial training for passengers to ensure accuracy of location selection and putting a ceiling of two kilometers on maximum distance between the drivers and passengers.

All the cars and motorcycles got registered with the Uber app would remain under the purview of the strike, said Dhaka Ridesharing Drivers Union leader Quayum Ahmed. He said they were compelled to impose the strike as the Uber authorities are not taking any step to meet their demands though they have been pressing for those to be met since July last.

In a statement regarding the strike, authority of Uber Bangladesh has regretted the problems people suffering due to Uber drivers’ strike. Uber said that they are committed to providing reliable, convenient and safe transportation options to create stable income opportunities for drivers. In addition, Uber prioritizes the convenience of drivers, the statement said.

They also said, Uber has a service station in Dhaka to look after drivers' problems. Problems can be reported in the app too. General Secretary of the Ridesharing Drivers' Union Belal Ahmed said, “Uber has lured drivers by providing the fictional breakdown.” Uber quickly gained widespread popularity by launching private car ridesharing service for the first time in November 2016. Earlier in 2015, many more companies were named after Uber's departure. Now Uber, Pathao, Shohoz, and Obhai are providing ride sharing services in Dhaka.

Uber, the world’s largest on-demand ridesharing company, launched on-demand ridesharing service in Dhaka on November 22, 2016. However, Uber cars are available in Uber app in different areas of the capital, including Gulshan, Banani, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur and Tejgaon areas of the capital.