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Uber, Little, Taxify & MondoRide Drivers in Kenya set to strike on low wages

Uber, Little, Taxify & MondoRide Drivers in Kenya set to strike on low wages

Business, Technology
Drivers attached to online taxi service providers have said they will down their tools on Monday to protest reduction of their wages. The drivers allied to Uber, Taxify, Little Cab and Mondo Ride say the management decided to lower their rates without consulting them. They said the strike was prompted by the improper management of their service providers with their services not to be availed until further notice. In a phone interview with Digital Taxi Association of Kenya’s (DTAK) Chair Mr. David Muteru, he echoed the above stating, “We are differing on pricing, because the prices are just not fare. The service providers commission is still high but they keep lowering the fares to accommodate customers.” When asked about the impending strike, the chair stated that they will be pre
Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Struggling Kenyan Uber drivers in fear of rising taxi competition

Technology
Uber Kenya, already one of the company’s most affordable services in the world, charges a minimum fare of $2.90. The company announced in April  that it will be introducing an even cheaper service at half that price, $1.45, by allowing its drivers to use much older, lower-quality cars. The San francisco based company has quickly expanded across parts of Africa, where it is seen by those signing up as drivers — or “partners” in the Uber lingo — as a rare job opportunity on a continent with stubbornly high levels of unemployment. But the service has stirred debate over how low fares should go, and the company has faced a series of strikes from South Africa to Lagos. This month, drivers in Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, went on strike after fares were slashed by 40 percent. Faced with
Uber Kenya to Introduce Low Cost Product service

Uber Kenya to Introduce Low Cost Product service

Technology
Uber currently has only one category of product in the Kenyan market, UberX , a private car service that is the basic product in most markets. After several price wars in Kenya ,  it’s now cheaper to ride with Little with the Basic option and the impact must have been felt. The price wars sometime back had Uber and Little battling to see who could give the lowest rates to riders. And it was going well till Uber drivers went on strike demanding a review of the fares.  Shortly after, the company yielded & increased their prices. This left Little swinging as the winner in the market. Uber has now announced that they are introducing a new product and with it comes new car types allowed onto the system. They are encouraging the small and old cars they had rejected earlier (Hatchbacks an