For Uber, these are not the best of times. For the multi billion dollar company based in the Netherlands, things have not been rosy for the past couple of weeks. Just last week, in London, a tribunal ruled in the favor of Uber drivers demanding that the company pay their drivers minimum wage and holiday pay.
As if grappling with that is not enough, now Uber partners in Abuja have gone on strike protesting the company’s nonchalance to their complains over low fare prices and driver security amid reports of robberies by riders, several requests for meetings to discuss and resolve their issues, Quartz reports.
“The economic changes we are experiencing has made some trips quite unprofitable, if not impracticable. The evident nonchalant attitude to our request is seen as further worsening an already difficult business situation for partners. It re-emphasizes the perception that this is not a partnership.” Partners accused Uber in a mail according to Quartz.
The strike action involves cutting off routes that partners believe are unprofitable such as to the international airport, leading to sharp price hikes on such routes. The company, however claims that the strike action is just by ‘a small group whose sentiments don’t reflect those of many other partners’.
Notwithstanding Uber’s claims, it is evident that their Public Relations staff as well as other departments related to human relations, will be working round the clock to deal with the recent spate of occurrences that threaten the operations of the company.