“Uber and Bolt Drivers Stage Nationwide Strike, Demanding Fair Pay and Conditions
The Amalgamated Union of App-based Transport Workers of Nigeria, representing drivers operating under e-hailing platforms such as Uber and Bolt, has announced the commencement of a nationwide strike starting today (Wednesday).
The union plans to suspend services provided by its drivers to the general public.
The drivers have expressed dissatisfaction with the minimal fare increase implemented by ride-hailing companies following the recent rise in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).
According to a statement issued by the union, the fare increase offered by the app-based firms ranges from 25 to 30 percent, which falls far short of the union’s demand for a 200 percent increase in fares and a 50 percent reduction in commission rates.
Citing their inability to continue working under these conditions, the drivers previously appealed to the companies to reduce their commissions, arguing that the current rates do not align with industry standards.
They have called upon all app-based workers across the country to join forces and persist in their efforts until their demands are met.
In a statement, the union emphasized that app-based companies could break even by charging less than five percent in commission. They proposed a flat commission rate of 10 percent or a 50 percent reduction from the current rates during previous negotiations, believing that this adjustment would help cover maintenance costs, spare parts, and various overhead expenses, including the recent fuel price hike.
The union has repeatedly sought a roundtable discussion with the companies to address concerns and engage in dialogue, but the companies have shown stubbornness and a lack of accountability.
Consequently, the union has directed all its members nationwide to halt their services on all ride-hailing applications starting from Wednesday, June 7, 2023, as a protest against dictatorial practices and the companies’ disregard for the welfare and security of App-Based Transport workers in Nigeria.