Ride-hailing Driver-partners Request Transaction Only With 10% Cut
The online motorcycle taxi driver association asks applicators such as Gojek and Grab to request that revenue sharing costs be reduced from 20% to 10% when the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) is applied. Responding to this, Gojek prepared several initiations to support partner finances.
“The focus of our current efforts is to support the sustainability of partners’ livelihoods amid a decline in community activity due to the corona pandemic,” Gojek Chief of Corporate Affairs Nila Marita said, Monday (13/4).
Nila said the company had taken several steps to help the driver’s partners. First, donate 25% of the annual salary of senior management. Second, the budget reallocation of annual salary increases for all employees.
The total salary donation and budget reallocation reached Rp 100 billion. The funds were donated through the Yayasan Anak Bangsa Bisa (YABB).
The Gojek and YABB driver-partner assistance program focus on three main areas. All three are the provision of health services, easing the burden of daily costs, and income assistance for partners. Nila said, most of the programs were running.
For example, the distribution of hundreds of thousands of health packages consisting of masks, hand sanitizers and vitamins to driver-partners. “This continues to run in our city of operation,” he said.
The Company Provides Assistance in the Form of Dining Vouchers for Driver-Partners
Gojek distributed one million meal vouchers per week for Rp. 5,000 to taxi driver and online motorcycle driver-partners in the middle of the corona pandemic. This is to ease their daily costs. “There are many other programs that we will implement soon,” he said.
Free food and drinks will be provided by 10 thousand GoFood Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) partners in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi (Greater Jakarta).
The initiative will take place from today until the end of May. “We are starting this program in Greater Jakarta and will be extended to other cities,” Gojek Chief Operations Officer Hans Patuwo was quoted as saying in a press release on Tuesday (7/4).
Then, the company expanded its services to maintain the drivers’ income. One of them, GoFood services can be used to serve the purchase of staples and food. Shopping for staples from the Ministry of Agriculture’s Mitra Tani Market can also be through GoFood.
The community can shop for daily necessities at Alfamart, FamilyMart, Lawson and Circle K outlets. The community can also shop for food and daily necessities at GoShop and GoMart. So far, Gojek and Grab have set a profit-sharing fee of 20% of the transaction value.
Even So, Garda Still Hopes the Profit-Sharing Cut’s Cost is Reduced
The Roda Dua Association (Garda) hopes that the two companies reduce these costs. “If necessary, while there is no deduction from the applicator’s income during the corona pandemic,” said Chairman of the Presidium of the Guard Igun Wicaksono, last week (8/4).
They also hope that Gojek and Grab are more aggressively marketing food-delivery services such as GoFood and GrabFood, as well as shipping GoSend and GrabExpress goods. Because these two features are still in demand by consumers when the coronavirus is endemic.
Garda believes that cutting the profit-sharing costs from Gojek and Grab can ease online motorcycle taxi drivers. Although some assistance has been provided by the government and the two companies. The government, for example, provides Direct Cash Assistance (BLT).
In addition, the Financial Services Authority (OJK) relaxed motor vehicle loans. MPR Chair Bambang Soesatyo also distributed pulse vouchers to millions of online motorcycle taxi drivers throughout Indonesia distributed through telecommunications operators and applicators.
Even so, the demand for ride-hailing services has fallen by around 70-80% since the corona pandemic. “At the moment our income is still cut by 20% by the applicator,” Igun said.