DRIVING EXAMINERS are back at work after a six-month strike.
Five examiners will now be on duty every day after being forced to perform minimum services by the Directorate General de Trafico (DGT). The group will carry out an average of 55 exams every day.
Jose Luis Conde, spokesman for Malaga’s driving examiners, explained the group had been on strike every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for six months following a dispute over pay. He claimed despite some examiners now returning to work, there were still issues “to solve.” Opposition politicians have now said they will back the group’s claim to an extra €250 a month.
Meanwhile it was last week revealed around half of Malaga’s cabs turned up to work despite a strike.The Costa del Sol Confederation of Taxis agreed half its fleet would continue to work across Malaga’s 11 municipalities, and in particular at the city’s airport.
The strike, which took place between 6am on Wednesday and 6pm Thursday last week, also saw cabbies take to Madrid’s streets in protest over private hire firms. Unions agreed a minimum of 25 per cent of drivers would continue to work, although Malaga’s taxis decided to raise the amount to 50 per cent.
Jose Royon, president of the Costa del Sol Confederation of Taxis and the Malaga Unified Autonomous Association of Taxis, explained, “we cannot leave the city abandoned so we have decided that half the fleet will be operations, which we think is enough to cover demand without any problems.”
Spain’s Supreme Court dealt a blow to cab drivers across Spain earlier this month when it granted 80 new private hire licences in Madrid, potentially opening the flood gates for up to 10,000 more across the country.
Fedetaxi, Spain’s main taxi union, called yesterday’s nationwide strike over the increase in private hire vehicles from companies including Uber and Cabify, accusing them of “unfair competition and piracy.”
Police in Malaga last month unearthed 118 illegal taxies. The 53 “pirate” cabs and 65 chauffeured rental cars all lacked a licence to carry passengers. Local Police officers foiled 44 of the “pirate” taxi drivers as they entered Malaga Airport, eight were found near the city’s bus station and one was located in the Alameda de Capuchinos.
An earlier taxi strike in Malaga in Augustcaused travel chaos in the city at one of the busiest times of the year. Taxi drivers refused to work at Malaga Airport, instead sitting in their vehicles.