The Amalgamated Union Of App-Based Transport Workers Of Nigeria (AUATWON), which represents e-hailing drivers, has suspended operations due to low prices.

The rise by the app-based companies, according to a statement from the union, was between 25 and 30 percent, significantly less than the union’s demands of a 200 percent increase and accordingly, a 50 percent reduction in commission.

The strike was also a response to the hefty commission fees established by Uber and Bolt, two largest ride working companies in Nigeria.

The drivers said that they had previously requested that the firms lower their commissions on the grounds that they did not correspond to industry benchmark rates since they could no longer do their jobs under these circumstances.

They urged all app-based workers across the country to be ready to fight the hazard until victory was achieved.

The statement read by one of the unions stated that, “The union’s technical team is versed with the operation and technicality of ride-hailing companies and on our calculations, any app company can break even charging below five per cent even though the union recommended a flat commission of 10 percent or 50 per cent off their current commission during our last meeting, as we believe this will help us to cope with maintenance costs, spare parts and various overhead cost and the current fuel increase, we can no longer tolerate any act of dictatorial practices by any app company because we are workers and as an organised union, we have written several letters to these companies for a round table discussion where we can look at various areas of concern and dialogue but they have remained adamant with a deliberate intention to avoid responsibility.
sources from AriseTv

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