Strikes in Patna, Pune demanding protection for gig workers

The strikes saw participation by Ola, Uber and auto drivers, as well as delivery personnel working for Zomato, Swiggy and Urban Company


In Pune, various delivery personnel called a strike demanding protection for gig workers. Auto drivers as well as Ola, Uber and other cab drivers operating for Swiggy, Urban Company and Zomato in Pune are seeking laws that will protect their rights along with that of other gig workers.

With the help of the Indian Gig Workers’ Front, they have presented a list of demands to the state government seeking social security and other benefits. They wish for regulations to be put in place so that gig workers are not exploited.

In India, Rajasthan already has a Platform Based Gig Workers Act, 2023 (the Act) in place to regulate gig work and offer protection to gig workers through a legal framework.

The citizens of Patna faced a lot of inconvenience when cab drivers called for a 24-hour strike on 26 October. The protesting drivers seek regulation of fares and also wish for a ban on bike taxi service. They are also demanding the government introduce a mobile application or a meter system for taxi service. They are struggling because of the high commission that cab aggregators charge from them.

The one-day strike saw participation by 1,000 Ola and Uber drivers, with support from the Patna Cab Drivers’ Union. The strike brought to a halt about 5,000 cabs that ply in the city.

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