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12 Feb 2017

Shabina S. Khatri, Doha News (Qatar)

Uber drivers in Qatar plan strike to protest new fare policies

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Asserting that they “are not slaves,” hundreds of Uber drivers in Qatar plan to go on strike from today to protest changes in fare policies. Drivers involved said they will shut off the app en masse...“We drivers are not at all happy working with Uber, as it is very difficult to manage our expenses with low fare & high cost of living. Every month, fuel prices (are) going up and it (is) directly affecting our daily expenditure budget.” [D]rivers said that several new changes Uber has made in recent months are cutting into their earnings. In November...Uber rolled out a service that slashed prices by up to 25 percent for pickups in smaller, older cars. At the time, drivers working under UberGo complained that they needed to make more trips to earn the same money they were making before. And late last month, the company introduced a new pricing policy called “upfront fares”...But drivers complained to Doha News that the upfront fares don’t take into account heavy traffic or any stops the customer asks them to make en route to their final destination.