Days after transportation network company, Uber, slashed its fare rates by 40%, the driver-partners in the scheme have embarked upon a peaceful protest against the decision.
The decision to embark on the strike by the drivers became a necessity after the Uber management refused to change the 25% rate charged on every trip, one of the drivers said.
Presently, there is currently a Uber surge across Lagos State with the cab drivers refusing to work unless the Uber management address the situation.
Commenting on the driver’s strike action, a Twitter user, Babatunde Ogundipe said “Uber charges more from customers. Drivers are complaining that they are not getting enough. Uber is a money sucker.”
Another user said, “it is just ridiculous how they will reduce fare price by 40% yet still maintain their 25% commission. How can u get paid 300 after a trip of almost an hour?”
To another user, Lagos Uber Driver, “the management either listen to our demands or they leave or shores,” he said.
He continued that “Uber management can’t enslave us in our own country” adding that “no outing using @UberNigeria due to poor working conditions and deception because we are on strike.”
You would recall that Uber management announced the 40% slash in rates in May 2017. The new rates officially commenced on Thursday, May 4, 2017, a move perceived by users as a direct response to the latest price rate reduction by another brand, Taxify.
While announcing the new rates, the Uber management said “we aren’t asking drivers to just take our word for it; we are providing temporary earning guarantees until it is clear that this will be the case. These earning guarantees help to ensure driver-partners, who put in the time, don’t lose out.”
The new rates for Lagos Mainland are; Magodo to Gbagada formerly N1,100 is now N600. Also, Yaba to Ilupeju that was formerly N1,300 is now N800.
In addition, Surulere to Ikeja now costs N1,200 from the former cost of N2,000.