Christchurch taxi driver strike cancelled

Up to 800 Christchruch taxi drivers were to walk off the job at 6am on Monday to protest law changes they believed ...
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Up to 800 Christchruch taxi drivers were to walk off the job at 6am on Monday to protest law changes they believed favoured rideshare companies like Uber.

A planned strike by Christchurch taxi drivers will not go ahead, its organiser says.

Up to 800 drivers were to walk off the job at 6am on Monday to protest law changes they believed favoured rideshare companies like Uber.

Strike organiser Jaspinder Singh said the 12-hour strike was cancelled because many drivers had standing arrangements to transport clients to medical appointments.

Protest organiser Jaspinder Singh says the strike will not go ahead because too many are involved in transporting ...
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Protest organiser Jaspinder Singh says the strike will not go ahead because too many are involved in transporting clients to medical appointments.

"We have big numbers in hospital and ACC work," he said.

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"They all have regular people so we cannot go on strike."

Singh did not know whether the strike would be rescheduled for a later date.

Local taxi drivers had planned to protest amendments to the Land Transport Act, which was passed into law this week.

They include axing compulsory in-vehicle cameras and driver panic alarms, signage requirements, including fare information and the need to belong to an approved taxi organisation.

 

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