Taximans are fed up with limiting the number of passengers to 50%. They threaten to observe a national strike in the coming days.
Under the slogan ” against the Hogra, marginalization and exclusion … for a sector that benefits from its just and legitimate rights Professionals in the taxi sector have decided to observe a national strike next week to protest against the problems facing their sector.
Professionals in the sector have expressed their dissatisfaction with the silence of the El Othmani government in the face of the constraints imposed by recent anti-Covid measures on the sector, which is already battered by previous restrictions.
Trade unions and associations representing taximans, large and small taxis combined, called for a national strike, drawing attention to the fact that the sector’s problems increased during the pandemic without the government moving a finger. to meet their demands.
In this regard, Mustafa El Kihel, national secretary of the Moroccan Democratic Labor Union (UDMT), told MoroccoLatestNews Ar in a statement that this escalation comes at a time when ” the government has not reacted to the demands repeatedly raised by professionals in the sector, and has not moved to save the sector from the problems in which it is floundering “.
” The government has supported a number of sectors without paying attention to the public transport sector whose professionals were on the front line to ensure the continuity of service despite the health risks they face ”, lamented the trade unionist.
Taximans at odds with the Interior
This professional representative understands that the measures taken by the public authorities within the framework of the management of the pandemic are ” extremely hard for professionals who have found themselves forced to reduce the number of passengers by 50%, while they are still obliged to pay, as before the pandemic, the same taxes in addition to insurance “.
Regarding the claims file of his corporation, El Kihel affirms that the workers in the sector ask the parties concerned, at their head the Ministry of the Interior, to open a serious and responsible dialogue regarding their claims file, and to address the problems they are facing and which result from the decisions taken in the context of the management of the pandemic.
It should be noted that the various professional organizations that signed the press release announcing the national strike indicated that the problems of the sector increased while the government did not deign to open an open dialogue with them in order to find solutions to calm the social and economic pressure. on professionals.
The taximans also confirm that they are still in disagreement with the Interior Ministry on a number of points, in particular, the limitation of the number of passengers by 50%. Which, according to them, applies to taxis only and not to all means of transport.