Uber, Bolt workers protest subsidy removal

A group under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWN) is set to protest tomorrow against the Federal Government’s removal of fuel subsidy as it affects their business.

Rising from its national emergency meeting in Lagos yesterday, the union said it had reviewed the protest, which started on Wednesday and will continue today.

The union said its members across the country would participate in the action, having stayed off work to press home their demand for a 200 per cent increase in the fare per trip and a minimum trip fare of N2,000, following the fuel subsidy removal by the government.

Note that AUATWN members are: Uber, Bolt, LagRide, InDriver, and Drup, among others.

The union’s National President Damola Adeniran, who spoke through a statement by the Media and Publicity Committee Chairman Jossy Olawale, said AUATWN members were no longer at ease.

“We have, over time, been subjected to hardship, and oppression and cowed in the name of wanting to survive as unemployed graduates who humbly undertake driving jobs,” he said.

The union leader said the demands of AUATWN’s members remained unchanged: an increase in fares by 200 per cent, and a reduction of commission by 50 per cent, among others.

He said the union members were open to negotiation.

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