More Malaga taxi strikes around christmas time

16 December 2014

Last Tuesday, Malaga taxi drivers agreed to keep the 24 hour strike both in the city and the airport, that was scheduled for December 24th, December 31st and January 5th unless the Junta de Andalucía agrees to give them an approximate date for the publication of the decree that will allow them to pick up clients in other municipal areas and Malaga province, which would likely end the conflict with taxi drivers from other towns by sharing customers at the airport.

The principle of “modulated reciprocity” and sharing clients independent to of the area was massively rejected by taxi drivers of the rest of the province and other towns in the Andalusian coast, outside the city. The principle states that taxi drivers from the city could pick up pre-arranged customers from towns which cab drivers work at the airport, port and María Zambrano’s train station. Taxi drivers from Malaga stopped the partial strikes agreed on September 29th that had been scheduled for October, November and December. However, since la Junta has not disclosed the date for the publication of the decree, they will maintain the strikes scheduled for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Epiphany’s Eve.

Specifically, taxi drivers will absolutely maintain the strike called for December 24th from 6 AM to 6 AM on December 25th, one that will cause problems for many people at that busy time. In the same time period, another strike is called for December 31st and January 1st and the same on the 5th and 6th of the month. The decision to strike will be presented to the Sub-delegation of Government on Wednesday.

Their objective is to get an approximate date for the publication of the decree, which reflects the agreements reached last February between taxis in the capital city and the Junta de Andalucía. They will likely call the strike off if they do get an approximate date. He pointed out that it has been over a month since the deadline for submissions to change the decree ended and that on November 28th they submitted a letter asking a date for the decree’s publication.