Published On: Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014

Taxi drivers on strike, want meeting with Prime Minister

Taxi1WILLEMSTAD - A group of taxis drove around Waaigat towards the government center in Fort Amsterdam (Forti) this morning. Certainly 64 taxi drivers went to Forti to hand a letter to Prime Minister Ivar Asjes. One taxi driver was thereby arrested. The taxi drivers want a meeting with the minister about traffic and transportation.

“Since June we’ve been trying to have a meeting with Minister Balborda of Traffic and Transportation and Minister Navarro of Justice. Until now, we still have not heard anything. We get no answer when we call Balborda's office. And we are not called back,” said Rignald Sling, chairman of the taxi union Sinusta.

The chairman of the taxi union wants to discuss several issues with the Ministers Earl Balborda and Minister Navarro. The key points the taxi drivers want to discuss are illegal transport and transport control. “Every day, taxi drivers should watch how others steal their work. They want this to come to an end.”

For that reason, the taxi drivers gathered this morning around ten o'clock in the parking lot atWaaigat to drive to Fort Amsterdam from there. There they wanted to hand over a letter to Prime Minister Asjes. Soon there was not enough room for all taxis and this caused a traffic jam from Pietermaai. The police was not able to do much to control traffic.

After the letter was received by Prime Asjes, another problem was created. One of the taxi drivers was arrested and his car confiscated. That’s when the drivers decided to block the roads to the Juliana Bridge in solidarity with their colleague.

Photo credit: Gravier Cratsz

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