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Uber drivers threaten strike over ‘unfair’ commission

Hundreds of Uber drivers in Accra have given a two-week ultimatum to the multinational company to address their grievances or they will go on strike. The drivers, who converged the Ghana International Trade Fair site at La, Accra, on Wednesday May 2, are demanding a review of the 25 percent commission to the online transportation company, uber, as well as discount to clients. Uber, an American multinational online transportation network, commenced operations in Ghana in June 2016. Ghana then became the 8th African country to have introduced Uber services. The operation was fast gaining grounds with hundreds of drivers and car owners signing on to the service. The base fare for the Uber service has been pegged between GHC1.30 and GHC1.70 per kilometer or 19 pesewas per minute. This is perhaps drawing commuters to the service in addition to relatively high security assurance and convenience. But recent developments are not showing positive signs for the multinational company. Drivers have complained about the 25 percent commission they pay to Uber. Several complaints to Uber, according to the drivers, have fallen on deaf ears hence the Wednesday gathering at Trade Fair site at La in Accra. Others complained about the ongoing discount to riders and lack of drivers’ security. Some drivers also raised issues with their car owners, accusing them of employing some means to deprive them of income. The drivers meanwhile say they will use the platform to mobilize into a union or an association to ensure a united front. By Peter Quao Adattor |3news.com | Ghana]]>

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