Cabbies’ strike comes to a halt

Taxi owners and drivers have voted to end their strike 19 days after they began their protest against the government?s plans to completely deregulate their sector.

Following several hours of talks on Friday, unionists took a majority decision to suspend their strike until September 5. Of those who voted, 16 were in favor of ending the action and six against.

On Thursday, they had obtained guarantees from regional governors that no more new taxi licenses would be issued until the government submits its draft law towards the end of the month.

The cabbies have made it clear that they may call new strikes if they object to the content of the government?s bill.

Transport Minister Yiannis Ragousis favors total liberalization of their profession but has yet to give details of his plans. The drivers want the number of licenses to be limited depending on the population of each city.

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