Autorickshaws and taxis will remain off the roads today after a strike was called to protest against app-based cab services like Ola and Uber.
The strike has been called by the joint action committee of 20 autorickshaw and taxi unions led by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and All Delhi Auto Taxi Transporters Congress (ADATTC).
The unions are calling for the Delhi Government to enforce the ban on app-based taxi services like Ola and Uber. This is the first time that the unions which are affiliated to different political parties have banded together to call for a strike.
The Unions have been clamouring for a ban on app-based cabs for a while now and claim that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had assured them that action would be taken against the cab services like Ola and Uber, However, no such action has been taken till date.
Kishan Verma of the ADATTC spoke to ET Auto about the strike. He said, "Our strike is against the inaction of Delhi government against taxi aggregating services like Uber and Ola. We will also sit on a hunger strike in front of the CM's residence if our demands are not met."
The joint action committee also issued a statement threatening to make their strike an indefinite one if the demands of the unions are not met by the government.