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Suspend taxi strike, urges Cosatu

2011-03-15 15:30

Cape Town - The minibus taxi industry in the Western Cape should suspend its strike for a month, and provincial government should desist from impounding taxis, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Tuesday.

This would allow negotiations to continue without inconveniencing commuters, spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich said.

"Cosatu demands that an urgent meeting between the parties be held today to work out the logistics, and that the suspension is announced today," Ehrenreich said.

The labour federation said it would consider strike action should the provincial government not agree to this.

The strike by SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) members was to protest against the red tape and "sloppiness" around the issuing of operating licences by the provincial government and to protest against "draconian" traffic laws.

Santaco secretary general Philip Taaibosch said authorities regularly impounded taxis without good reason.

He said that it was the responsibility of the provincial government and the City of Cape Town to provide public transport to communities.

Cosatu criticised the "high handed" approach of Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle and called for his removal.

Comments
  • Melly30 - 2011-03-15 15:33

    blah blah blah - justin pound all of them and get another company started to transfer all these people... Least this will be creating jobs...

  • Madelane - 2011-03-15 15:49

    And so all the pre-election communist led ANC instigators start their rhetoric based on any rubbish they can conjure.....pathetic really....

  • CheekySod - 2011-03-15 15:52

    Is the traffic law different in the Western Cape? Does the other provinces turn a blind eye to the traffic offences by taxi's? If the laws are "draconian", then the taxi strike should be national. What is different in the Western Cape? Something does not add up.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-15 16:06

      Because the ANC does not have the WC...

  • Hilton - 2011-03-15 15:54

    Isn't it strange, as soon as the Transport Minister, namely Mr Carlisle does his job well, then the Taxi's and Cosatu want him removed. The Taxi's already think that the road belongs to them and that they are a law unto themselves. I for one support Mr. Carlisle's efforts to get the taxi's to comply with the law.

  • tripwire - 2011-03-15 15:57

    They Should have Stopped this MOB called the Taxi industry in SA. They rule the roads, burn the train stations and all they can say is you better let all the illegal taxis go so that they can make more money and people can get hurt. I say keep the Taxi strike going for a month or more and see how their mindset will change, we do not negotiate with Criminals. Maybe the bus and trains of long ago can make their return instead of this gangster Taxi groups and they can be the safe transport they where back then.

  • tripwire - 2011-03-15 15:57

    They Should have Stopped this MOB called the Taxi industry in SA. They rule the roads, burn the train stations and all they can say is you better let all the illegal taxis go so that they can make more money and people can get hurt. I say keep the Taxi strike going for a month or more and see how their mindset will change, we do not negotiate with Criminals. Maybe the bus and trains of long ago can make their return instead of this gangster Taxi groups and they can be the safe transport they where back then.

  • Ben - 2011-03-15 16:30

    ANC's attempt to get the people pissed at the local government. Pfft. FAIL! The taxi people are the ones losing money. Not us or the government.The problem will sort it self out. They dont like losing money. They'll be back on the streets in no time.

      DW - 2011-03-15 17:08

      Which is exactly why Cosatu is asking Provincial Government to negotiate with them. They are losing money and WANT to go back to work but this will make ANC very unhappy as they are trying to use this an an election ploy - and it has backfired on them. Make it look like it is the provincial government (note DA)'s fault that the strike is ongoing. Tell them to get lost. They will soon go back to work with their tails between their legs, or lose big money.

  • keng - 2011-03-15 16:33

    what part of the administration for issuing the licenses is sloppy? Note nothing specific. Also don't like the LAW, again which part e.g. stopping at a stop sign? Or should that be changed to STOPISH.

      Jack Anon - 2011-03-15 16:41

      LOL!!

  • s24264343 - 2011-03-15 16:46

    What!!! so taxi drivers should be a law unto themselves. I use taxi's and 90% of the time they are overloaded, and now that traffic officers are doing their job, the likes of COSATU want to complain. Its all ELECTIONEERING by COSATU. CTN taxi's are appalling and have no regard for the law.JHB taxi's do disobey the laws as well, but you will never find it overloaded. In CTN its the norm and people don't even put up a fight. Let them strike, if they feel the need to, i will walk...there cannot be to two laws, all equal before the law. If a taxi is in an appalling state, IMPOUND IT

  • s24264343 - 2011-03-15 16:52

    What!!! so taxi drivers should be a law unto themselves. I use taxi's and 90% of the time they are overloaded, and now that traffic officers are doing their job, the likes of COSATU want to complain. Its all ELECTIONEERING by COSATU. CTN taxi's are appalling and have no regard for the law.JHB taxi's do disobey the laws as well, but you will never find it overloaded. In CTN its the norm and people don't even put up a fight. Let them strike, if they feel the need to, i will walk...there cannot be to two laws, all equal before the law. If a taxi is in an appalling state, IMPOUND IT

  • Mickey - 2011-03-15 16:56

    What!!! so taxi drivers should be a law unto themselves. I use taxi's and 90% of the time they are overloaded, and now that traffic officers are doing their job, the likes of COSATU want to complain. Its all ELECTIONEERING by COSATU. CTN taxi's are appalling and have no regard for the law.JHB taxi's do disobey the laws as well, but you will never find it overloaded. In CTN its the norm and people don't even put up a fight. Let them strike, if they feel the need to, i will walk...there cannot be to two laws, all equal before the law. If a taxi is in an appalling state, IMPOUND IT

  • DW - 2011-03-15 16:57

    The provincial government should tell Cosatu to get lost. Why do they have to negotiate application of the law? If I drive a vehicle that is unroadworthy or break the rules of the road and get fined or my vehicle impounded, then I need to pay the fine and fix the vehicle. Why would this be any different for taxis who carry the public for a fee? Are their passengers' lives worth less than mine? Is this what Cosatu is trying to say?

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-03-15 16:58

    Well, for one I must say that traffic, albeit a bit more congested, is a lot better without these lawless idiots on the roads.

  • Daniel - 2011-03-15 17:05

    I travel daily by taxi from kloofstreet to the train station in Cape Town. It is a horrible experience everytime. They speed, yell at law abiding citizens, jump roberts and have no respect for their customers. I hate it but have no choice. I am upset with the city of cape town for delaying their rollout of the MyCiti bus. I would rather use that daily, and travel in safety and comfort. There are no future for taxis in this country anymore, we need to progress!!

  • coret - 2011-03-16 08:50

    so Cosatu, when they do not impound the taxi that are faulty, have an unregistered/unlicensed driver, is overloaded, break the national laws of the road, etc. and commuters are killed in yet another taxi accident, are YOU going explain to their families or are you going to blame someone else yet again?

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