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Angry Grab drivers rally against suspension

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 28, 2017   /   10:46 am
Angry Grab drivers rally against suspension Protest: Hundreds of hail-riding drivers demonstrate in Jakarta against a ministerial regulation that curbs their operations. Grab drivers held am similar protest on Tuesday against their suspension. (kompas.com/Robertus Belarminus)

A rally by dozens of Grab hail-riding drivers staged in front of the online transportation company's head office in Pademangan, North Jakarta, almost turned violent on Tuesday. The rally caused heavy traffic on Jl. Gunung Sahari.

The drivers were protesting their suspension after the company prohibited them from picking up passengers as from Monday morning.

Aris, the rally leader, said the company had violated an agreement that was reached during a meeting between the drivers and the management. The results of the meeting were to be announced on July 10.

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“The results of the meeting basically stated the management’s intention to pay our salaries if we turned out to be innocent of their suspicions,” he said.

Adang, a company executive, said the drivers should exercise patience as the company was conducting an internal inquiry and would honor the agreement to make an announcement on July 10.

Grab managing director Ridzki Kramadibrata said the suspension was actually the last resort as the management had found indications of manipulation and ethical code violations by the rallying drivers during their daily operations.

“We previously allocated time for them to communicate regarding this matter and so there is no need to stage a protest,” he said as reported by kompas.com.(dic)