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Jakarta Post

Thousands of Go-Car drivers on strike in Surakarta

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Fri, March 9, 2018   /   06:00 am
Thousands of Go-Car drivers on strike in Surakarta Hundreds of drivers working for Go-Car, a service under PT Gojek Indonesia, demonstrate in front of Go-Jek's office in Surakarta, Central Java, on March 8, 2018. They are protesting a new bonus scheme they say makes their lives more difficult. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Drivers working for Go-Car, a service under PT Gojek Indonesia, have been on strike since Wednesday, with the intention to continue it until Sunday. They are striking to protest a change to the points scheme, which the drivers say will make it harder for them.

Coordinator of the Online Taxi Driver Community of Surakarta, Ifan Anggar Prastya, said thousands had gone on strike because Go-Jek’s management had raised the minimum number of points to be eligible for a bonus from 12 to 16. At the same time, it lowered the bonus amount from Rp 300,000 (US$21.80) to Rp 250,000.

“We reject the new points threshold. Even to reach 12 points, we have to work 14 hours a day. Raising it to 16 means killing us slowly,” Anggar said Thursday.

The drivers threatened to leave Go-Car. “We can earn money offline,” he said.

Bambang, a member of management staff at Go-Jek in Surakarta said the policy was designed from Jakarta. “All we can do is convey the sentiment of drivers here to the Jakarta office,” he said.

The Go-Car strike led to more orders for rivals Uber and Grab. However, the increase was not significant because many Go-Car drivers also work for those competitors. (evi)