Taxi operators decide on indefinite strike against BRT

2009-08-20 15:32

JOHANNESBURG taxi operators are to embark on an indefinite strike against the Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) on August 31, the day on which the City of Joburg is set to launch the system.

South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) secretary general Philip Taaibosch yesterday said his organisation was canvassing taxi associations around the country for support for the Johannesburg taxi operators’ strike.

Santaco is also preparing to lodge a court interdict with the Johannesburg High Court to stop the implementation of the BRT system. Taaibosch accused the government of having negotiated in bad faith over its implementation.

“They tell us to come to negotiate while the municipality is continuing with the implementation of BRT,” said Taaibosch.

He said taxi operators were worried that the new system would take away their “bread and butter”.

Taaibosch added: “This is not a one-day strike. This will go on until we are reassured negotiations will resume afresh to involve taxi operators. We are not against the BRT. We are against the methods used (to implement it).”

Member of the mayoral committee for transport Rehana Moosajee refused on comment on the planned strike and referred all questions to the national government.

“If Santaco (which is a national taxi body) was there then I think it is appropriate that national government responds to the questions,” she said.

City Press could not get a response from the office of Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele as his spokesperson Logan Maistry’s phone was off.

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