Taxi drivers lost their jobs due to unauthorized strike
The taxi industry self discipline committee dismissed 46 green taxi drivers for staging a unauthorized strike. The drivers were employed from ten different taxi companies. The drivers stopped working in various locations on October 26 from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The unauthorized strike caused inconvenience among residents rushing to work and destroying the image of the taxi industry. The drivers ignored instructions from superiors numerous times. The decision was taken to maintain the stability of the taxi industry and promote healthy development. The dismissed drivers are not allowed to come back to work in any taxi company. Green taxi drivers stopped working in two districts in late October as a protest at illegal taxis that operate in the Bao’an and Longgang. Even with GPS tracking system installed in their taxis the drivers merely drove around the city with signs displaying operation suspended temporarily.
This is the sixth time these taxi drivers went on a strike in the two districts, the strikes were protest against electric bikes and unlicensed taxis working as illegal taxis which caused them monetary losses. The drivers either staged protest or go on strike to demand lower rental fees and higher fuel subsidies from the city government. this prompted the government to reduce the vehicles deposit of each green taxi from 90,000 yuan down to 50,000 yuan per vehicle. The excess sum of 40,000 yuan will be refunded to the drivers by next year.