TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The head of the national online ojek and taxi association dubbed Garda, Igun Wicaksono, said online ojek drivers strongly objected to investors’ plan to merge ride-hailing firms Gojek and Grab. The merger, he said, could only make drivers suffer more.
“Garda rejects the idea because sooner or later, the merger will carry out efficiency, so there will be a high possibility of unilateral dissolution of partnership for online ojek drivers of the two firms,” said Igun on Monday, Dec. 7.
Igun said the merger of the two giants would be detrimental to driver-partners given the corporations’ achievement was still considered far from ideal and equal in terms of partner transparency, social insurance, and partner’s welfare. Thus, the merger could only worsen the current condition, he added.
Igun further argued the merger would lead to unfair business competition and monopoly in the ride-hailing business in Indonesia, which could surely harm users in the end.
Thus, Igun asked stakeholders, both the corporations and the government as the regulator of a merger process, for a dialogue. “If they cannot provide space for a dialogue, then Garda will consolidate driver-partners across the country to hold a mass action,” he added.