Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union

No AC Campaign Thaggedhe Ledu! (No AC Campaign Will Not Step Back!)

On April 8, 2024, Telangana Gig and Platform Workers Union (TGPWU), affiliated with the Indian Federation of App Based Transport Workers (IFAT) launched its No AC Campaign to draw attention to declining per kilometre fares. In this sweltering heat, drivers working with Uber, Ola, and Rapido have expressed their regret to offer a high-quality, air-conditioned ride to customers. Ever since the campaign was launched, platform companies have been threatening drivers to permanently block their IDs on the app, and not assign them airport rides and inter-city rides. Despite such threats, our driver-members have persisted with the campaign simply because of compulsion. The cost of running our cabs with AC is 16-18 rupees per kilometre. After accounting for commissions charged by platforms, we are only able to earn 10-12 rupees per kilometre.

We want to thank our customers who have understood our pain and have supported us in our fight against Uber, Ola and Rapido. The customer knows that with the rising fuel prices and increasing inflation it is not possible for drivers to survive on the earnings decided by these companies.

Through this campaign, it is not our intention to inconvenience our customers or ourselves as drivers. We want to reach out to the platforms and to the State Governments who have been ignoring our demands for uniform fares. If our demands are not heeded, IFAT will be launching this campaign in seven other cities with support from its affiliated local members – Sarvodaya Drivers Association, Delhi; Expert Drivers Solution in Haryana; Karnataka App-based Drivers Union, Bengaluru; West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild, Kolkata; Independent App-based Cab and Drivers’ Association, Uttar Pradesh; Rajasthan Gig And App Based Workers Union, Rajasthan; and Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh, Maharashtra.

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