A group of online motorbike and taxi drivers known as Front Independent Driver Online Indonesia has gone on a hunger strike protest since Tuesday (10/22/2019). The action continued until the fifth day Saturday (10/26/2019) in front of Grab’s office in Yogyakarta. They persisted with their action until their demands were responded by the management.
Vice President of Front Independent Driver Online Indonesia, Andy Kartala, reported that one person continued to stay until Saturday morning (10/26/2019).
“There is still one person staying at the moment. He is the president of Front Independent Driver Online Indonesia. He is in a serious condition right now,” Andy told Tirto, Saturday morning.
Andy told the reporter that based on medical examination report on the person’s physical condition, his pulse was getting weaker. However, he refused to be evacuated until Saturday morning.
According to Andy, two protesters were taken to hospital previously. There was also a female student among the protesters and one person from the association who was dehydrated and later evacuated.
Until this report is made, one person has continued with the hunger strike until their demands are responded by Grab’s management.
There were seven demands made by the drivers to Grab:
1. Eliminate discriminatory and non-transparent (allocation and pricing) scheme applied by Grab to its drivers
2. Open the GrabCar feature in the airport
3. Remove IDR 2,000 / trip extortion or remove 20% commission taken per trip
4. Re-open or re-activate suspended drivers account
5. More transparency in regulations concerning driver partners’ suspension
6. Remove additional commission taken by cooperatives
7. More fairly distributed allocation of orders to all driver partners
Through its official statement on Thursday (10/24/2019), Grab Indonesia responded to the action and demands of the protesters, and said that Grab is always transparent in their scheme.
Grab said that they will guarantee that all drivers will have the same opportunity to receive orders by considering a number of factors – such as percentage of rejected orders and stability of the driver’s internet network.
Meanwhile, on its official statement, Grab noted several indication of violations during the protest, including:
1. The protest exceeded the agreed time limit;
2. The protest was carried out without permission;
3. Threat to lock up and force power outage on the property controlled by Grab.
“If the protest continues, we will not hesitate to take legal action and report the protesters to the authorities,” as quoted in Grab’s official statement.
Front Independent Driver Online Indonesia regretted the response from Grab which was accompanied by threats to drivers who went on the hunger strike.
“We regret the threats made by Grab that we consider as a form of criminalization. Above of all, online drivers as part of the Indonesian people, feel that our pride has been trampled by corporations like Grab,” Andy said. “We will continue this action until our demands are met,” he added.
translated from tirto.id