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Central China Hit by Taxi Driver Strikes

Posted by Author on November 26, 2008

Radio Free Asia, Nov. 25, 2008-

HONG KONG—Authorities in the central Chinese province of Hubei are scrambling to mediate a strike by taxi drivers, the latest in a string of industrial disputes to sweep China amid the global financial crisis.

Hundreds of taxi drivers entered the second day of a strike in Suizhou city over increased business costs.

“There is a new municipal government rule which requires each driver to pay a fee of 4,000 yuan (about U.S. $500),” a cab driver surnamed Zhang said.

Failure to do so by the end of the year would result in the confiscation of taxi licenses, she added.

Suizhou taxi drivers say they are currently making only about 100 yuan (U.S.$12) a day, and the new charge will virtually wipe out any profit. Talks between the drivers and city traffic management last week failed to reach a resolution.

Few taxis were visible on the streets of Suizhou Tuesday, as hundreds of taxi drivers gathered at the city’s railway station to petition the government. Drivers say one of their number was detained by the authorities……. (more details from Radio Free Asia)

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