Ola, Uber Drivers Refuse To Switch On AC For Passengers In Hyderabad: Here’s The Reason Why?
Ola & Uber are facing many challenges due to the rising fuel prices. Hence, in order to enlighten and educate drivers and customers about the challenges that Ola and Uber’s drivers face, a ‘NO AC’ campaign shall be organized by the Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union (TGPWU) on Saturday.
A “No AC” Campaign
The Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union (TGPWU) announced on Saturday that a ‘NO AC’ campaign would take place in Hyderabad to enlighten and educate drivers and customers about the challenges that Ola and Uber’s drivers face, particularly with relation to rising fuel prices.
“Theaggregator businesses are unwilling to listen to the drivers’ complaints and resolve the problem. In Hyderabad, the current diesel price is Rs 98.10 per litre. The transportation department must intervene. Drivers want at least Rs 24-Rs 25 per kilometre to turn on the AC, which is now less than Rs 12-Rs 13 per km. We certainly realise the difficulties customers will encounter if their air conditioners are turned off in this hot weather” said TGPWU officials.
It was in Kolkata that the first ‘No AC’ campaign in cabs was launched. It was followed by taxi drivers in Delhi, Mumbai and Lucknow. Now, the drivers of Hyderabad have followed suit.
Nationwise Labour Strike
On March 28 & 29, the cabs as well as auto unions in the state supported the nationwide labour strike. It was announced by the Telangana Auto Drivers Joint Action Committee that the bandh would be observed this Monday. At 11 AM, the committee held a dharna with leaders and drivers in at the transport department office in Khairatabad, Hyderabad.