Subsidy: Bolt, Uber, other ride-hailing drivers begin nationwide strike

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Ride-hailing drivers, including that of Uber, Bolt, LagRide and Indriver, on Wednesday, began a nationwide strike.

At the direction of the Amalgamated Union of App-based Transport Workers of Nigeria, ride-hailing drivers are following a sit-at-home order until the ride-hailing companies increase their base fares by 200 per cent.

According to the National Vice President of AUATWON for Southwest Nigeria, Kolawole Aina, the drivers plan to picket the offices of Uber in Victoria Island and Bolt in Lekki.

Despite the strike action, which is supposed to run till Friday, our correspondent who tried to book a ride from the PUNCH Headquarters in Ogun state to somewhere in Ikeja, Lagos on the Bolt app was able to find a driver that was said to be five minutes away.

Among other demands, AUATWON is asking ride-hailing companies to increase fares by a minimum of 200 per cent.

The union is also asking for a 50 per cent reduction in commission — Uber and Bolt collect a 20 per cent commission on every ride — and an end to the deactivation of drivers who refuse to work due to the low fares and attendant unprofitability.

The union is also seeking the recognition of AUATWON as the representative body for their interests.