China’s Didi drivers are out on strike again; protesting higher costs and reduced incomes.
Didi Chuxing has dominated China’s ride-hailing taxi market since ousting Uber in 2016 but it is now facing increased competition from new domestic rivals who are offering substantial discounts. Didi has reportedly responded by cutting payments to drivers and forcing them to work longer hours.
This is just the latest example of China’s transport workers, who are increasingly dependent on online platforms for work, being squeezed by their service provider at a time when fuel and other costs are escalating.
Truck drivers, van drivers, food delivery workers and now Didi drivers have all staged strikes and protests over the last few months. Indeed, transport workers accounted for more than 20 percent of all the strikes and protests recorded on CLB’s Strike Map during June.
Two of the protests by Didi drivers are discussed in more detail below.