Uber drivers begin strike in Kenya

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Kenyan taxi drivers who use hailing apps such as Uber have gone on strike to force operators to double fares.

The drivers of Uber, Bolt and other taxi apps through their umbrella lobby Digital Taxi Forum, announced the indefinite strike beginning Monday.

Waweru Jamaicah, the secretary general of the Drivers and Partners Association of Kenya, has said that the strikers want better working terms, a sustainable business model and the introduction of online taxi regulations.

The drivers want a doubling of the fares, Business Daily reports.

A statement urged people to “plan accordingly to avoid any inconveniences”.

In July 2018, the drivers reached an understanding with the companies after an 11-day strike that wanted key adjustments to pricing. Daniel Muteru, the chairman of the Digital Taxi Association of Kenya is quoted in Business Daily as saying that the online app firms had “breached an earlier [agreement] committing to better pay”.

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Source: BBC

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