Spain - Taxi driver strike Madrid comes to an end - February 28, 2019

Taxi drivers in Madrid voted in favour to ending their 16-day strike action that began on 21 January 2019. With the industrial action the taxi drivers wanted to pressure regional government into regulating VTC vehicles, used by ride-hailing services such as Cabify and Uber. Only a small majority of the taxi drivers voted to end the strike. The Professional Taxi Federation believes the reason why the taxi drivers chose to end their strike without having reached a deal with the regional government is that many of them simply could not afford to be inactive any longer. In Barcelona taxi drivers also staged stoppages, and managed to achieve concessions from the regional government which promised regulations forcing passengers to book their journeys with services such as Uber and Cabify 15 minutes in advance.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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