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Taxi drivers suspend strikes in November

The good news is that Taxi drivers in Malaga have agreed to suspend the partial strikes that they were planned for the month of November. The strikes were called to demand a final solution to the conflict with other towns taxi drivers (within the province of Malaga) when sharing customers at the airport. The taxi drivers will stop the strikes that were planned for the month of November and hope that government authorities will give them a fixed date to publish the decree.

Malaga taxi drivers had stopped the strikes in October after the Ministry of Publish Works and Housing had presented them with a draft of the decree that will allow the principle of “modulated reciprocity”, that is, that taxi drivers from Malaga City will be able to pick up, under pre-arranged conditions, passengers from other towns whose taxi drivers drive to the airport, port and train station.

Now they are going a step further and after having submitted changes to the decree, they have chosen to suspend the two-hour strikes that were planned for Tuesdays during the month of November. It was decided by the Commission for the Decree November 1985 that is awaiting for the Ministry to give an approximate date for the publication of the ruling, as one of the members of this commission informed Europa Press, José Antonio mate, also president of the Unified Association of Taxi Drivers of Malaga.

As long as they do not get an approximate date for the implementation of this decree from the General Direction for Mobility of the Junta de Andalucía, taxi drivers will continue the strikes during December. These strikes include the threat of no taxi service in the city for 24 hours on Christmas Eve, New Year and January 5th.

Malaga taxi drivers offered modifications to the decree with which the Ministry of Public Works and Housing is to end the conflict by sharing clients in the airport. The modifications presented do not aim to challenge the proposed text, rather their aim is to clarify and supplement several points; ultimately to improve the document.

Regarding the “modulated reciprocity” demand, it will allow taxi drivers in the capital city to pick up by pre-arranged contract clients in Andalucian towns whose taxi drivers serve clients at Malaga airport, cruise port and the train station. This principle is seen as a prerequisite for the creation of an area of joint provision throughout the area of influence of the airport. 

Given the problems that might be generated by this future degree among taxi drivers from other towns in the province, there will be a single additional provision for those town councils that might think that the implementation could affect taxi drivers in their towns in a negative manner, allowing them to cancel the principle of “modulated reciprocity”. City taxi drivers recognise that this decision might be unpopular, however the president of Automat has said that it is right, and it will balance the situation as it stands right now. He also added those who have had the biggest share of the cake during all these years, are not willing to give anything up, but they must. “We respect all opinions, but the current imbalance affects the city of Malaga and this decree will implement order”, he concluded.

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