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Uber, Bolt Drivers Suspend Strike To Facilitate Talks With Government

Uber, Bolt Drivers Suspend Strike To Facilitate Talks With G

The Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON), which represents Uber and Bolt drivers, halted their planned indefinite strike on Wednesday.

According to AUATWON's Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, Jossy Olawale, the suspension was imposed to allow for discussions with the administration.

He stated that the scheduled meeting with the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Uber, Bolt, and the union will take place on June 26, 2023.

Ride-hailing drivers embarked on a nationwide strike on June 7, 2023, to seek a 200 percent raise in their fees from ride-hailing businesses.

Among other things, the union is requesting a 50% drop in revenue as ride-hailing firms — Uber and Bolt both earn a 20% commission on every ride — and an end to the deactivation of drivers who refuse to work owing to low fares and the consequent unprofitability.

“The union and some app companies had earlier scheduled a meeting with the ministry for June 20 but got a letter that the meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, June 26.

“As a result of this, we wish to announce that the strike would not hold to allow the meeting to hold as stated.”

In response to the increased petrol pump price, he stated, “We are concerned about the various challenges and multiplier effect the 300 per cent hike in the pump price of petrol has on our service delivery.”

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