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Taxis on strike for third day

TAXI drivers were on strike for a third day in the central China city of Yueyang, Hunan Province, yesterday.

The strike began on Friday when dozens of drivers parked their cabs outside a Yueyang municipal government office, demanding the government help cut the monthly fees they pay taxi companies.

More drivers joined the strike on Saturday. Police said they had detained 11 people for allegedly stopping taxis still operating, smashing the vehicles and forcing the drivers to join the strike.

Yueyang has 11 taxi firms controlling about 1,600 taxis and employing 3,000 drivers. Drivers have to pay companies fees of about 6,400 yuan (US$936) each per month.

Yi Lianhong, secretary of the Yueyang Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, yesterday urged local authorities to listen to the drivers' appeals and address the issue properly.





 

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