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Uber says it’s ‘doubling down’ on increasing drivers’ income, as drivers claim otherwise

Uber India said that it was doubling down to provide drivers on its platform improved earnings, as several drivers across the country have been staging protests against the company, and its rival Ola's policies. "As cities open up and Uber’s markets recover across India, Uber is doubling down to provide drivers on its platform improved earnings and optimum utilization of their time, resulting in greater financial independence and the economic revival of communities," the company said in a press statement on Monday. However, both Ola and Uber drivers have said that their income from driving these cabs has significantly gone down, and complained that they receive very little help from the two companies. In fact, drivers staged a protest against Ola and Uber in Hyderabad, and Delhi, calling on the government to fix fares charged by Ola, and Uber. At a drivers’ strike in Delhi in February, drivers had told MediaNama that they end up working for a minimum of 15 hours in a day in order to make enough money, and cover their expenses. Some drivers also alleged that Ola, and Uber delete data they have on drivers in case they lose their lives while driving cabs. A report from last year, prepared by the Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers, and the International Transport Workers Federation, had claimed that people working for ride hailing services like Uber and Ola work in a “very toxic and isolated work environment”. It said that the toll that the job takes a toll…

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