Uber Drivers in Kenya Plan Strike Tuesday Over 35% Price Cutby
Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in Kenya plan to strike Tuesday in protest over a 35 percent cut in prices introduced by the ride-hailing service in East Africa’s largest economy.
Drivers weren’t consulted on the fare reduction and want the company to revert to the old prices, Kenya Taxi Digital Association head Emmanuel Kasina said by text message. The drivers also want Uber to reduce commissions from the current 25 percent, he said.
Uber started operating in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, in February last year, and has partnered with more than 1,000 drivers across the country. The company said Monday it had consulted with drivers about the price cuts and has guarantees in place to ensure they won’t suffer because of the change.
“We have held multiple focus groups and one-on-one feedback sessions over the past six weeks,” it said in an e-mailed statement. “Three days before the price cut we saw over 1,000 drivers and partners to go through the plan and explain how the minimum guarantees ensure they don’t lose out.”