Greek taxi driv­ers strike against ride-hail­ing firms

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

GREEK taxi driv­ers started a short strike yes­ter­day over what they say is un­fair com­pe­ti­tion from ride-hail­ing op­er­a­tors, in a sec­tor still reel­ing from the coun­try’s fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Greece im­posed stricter reg­u­la­tions on the sec­tor this year, in­clud­ing forc­ing app op­er­a­tors to ap­ply for a per­mit and use li­censed taxi driv­ers or face fines. That led global ride-hail­ing ser­vice Uber to say it would sus­pend its op­er­a­tions in the coun­try. POEIATA, Greece’s na­tion­wide union of taxi driv­ers, called a 12-hour strike yes­ter­day, say­ing that many taxi op­er­a­tors were still of­fer­ing un­li­censed ser­vices. Athens’s ubiq­ui­tous yel­low taxis were ab­sent from the city streets. The union, which rep­re­sents about 50,000 taxi driv­ers, also ob­jects to dis­counts by some app op­er­a­tors. The stop­page co­in­cides with le­gal ac­tion taken by lo­cal app Beat against the head of the taxi driv­ers union for al­leged defama­tion.

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