The Professional e-Hailing Drivers and Private-Owners Association (PEDPA), has concluded arrangement to commence strike in Lagos today (Monday) due to harsh operating condition in the state.
The embattled drivers said they would withdraw their vehicles from Lagos roads for one week to enable them articulate their demands and meet them accordingly.
Comrade Idris-Shonuga Oluwaseun, the National President of the association, while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, expressed disgust over the hopeless situation of his members who labour hard to survive but rewarded with nothing meaningful.
He said over fifteen of his members have died recently while others have been wounded in the course of rendering professional services to the commuting public.
He also said Bolt Nigeria Limited has been treating his members’ welfare with levity and exhibiting attitude that leaves them with no option than to downtool and reassess the situation
He recalled that the union communicated the concerns of his members and the need to address same to the Managing Director of the company in a letter dated September 8,2020 but the latter didn’t honour the request.
He said the development caused union to write another letter on April 1,2021 on the worsening state of his members and the need for urgent meeting to arrest the situation.
He added: “We are saddened that despite the unprecedented increase in the price of fuel, motor vehicles spare parts, food items and other essential items/commodities in Nigeria, rather than your company considering fixing a new and reasonable fare in line with the unprecedented increase,your company has reckless continued to maintain low fare payable per trip by the riders impoverishing hardworking young Nigerians who were diligently and lawfully trying to make a decent living.
“We have also noticed that your company has unilaterally continued to block drivers without any justifiable reason and without any opportunity to defend allegation, if any, against them thereby denying them fundamental right to fair hearing.