​GrabBike strike spreads to Hanoi, Uber drivers also join

Numerous Uber and Grab drivers in Hanoi besieged the separate offices of the ride-hailing apps on Monday to protest against their commission policies, apparently inspired by victory claimed by their peers in Ho Chi Minh City after a walkout last week. Around 100 Uber drivers flocked to the app operator’s Hanoi office in Ba Dinh Strict around noon and demanded to talk to a representative. One striking driver told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that Uber currently charges them 29.5 percent of the revenue earned from their rides. According to the man, the commission ratio is too high and “causes difficulty for those who borrowed loans to buy cars in order to drive for Uber.” The commission ratio used to be 15 percent for Uber drivers, before it went up to 20 percent and culminated at 25 percent. The U.S.-based app additionally insisted that drivers ought to have an additional 4.5 percent deducted as personal income tax, sending the commission ratio to a whopping amount of 29.5 percent. “We also have no idea whether the tax deduction would be refunded if it turns out our total monthly income is below the threshold to pay personal income tax,” the Uber driver told Tuoi Tre. He added that all drivers merely wanted to have open talks with the company’s representatives but “they would not cooperate.” Local police officers were deployed to the scene in order to ensure security and eventually requested the striking drivers to leave. The police supervise the scene. Photo: Tuoi Tre… [Read full story]


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