New union for taxi drivers launched

Transport Month is around the corner.And with it the possibility of the formalisation of the taxi industry. The associations have expressed their support for this but have also called for funding of the industry. Meanwhile a new taxi drivers' union has been launched. eNCA’s Lindokuhle Xulu has the story. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A new taxi drivers' union has been launched.

Transport Month is around the corner and with it the possibility of the formalisation of the taxi industry.

The associations have expressed their support for this but have also called for funding of the industry.

When this becomes a reality, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula will then have to answer to the industry's longstanding plea for funding but will cash injections reach the drivers on the ground and not just the taxi bosses?

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The newly formed South Africa Taxi Drivers' Union says the answer is to unionise drivers.

“This will mean a huge difference for taxi drivers," said.

"We want to work with government to ensure that drivers are respected and that the benefits we will create for them are respected as well,” said Satdwu founder Eric Munyai.

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The union is hoping that drivers will buy into this but the question is, will the taxi bosses allow it?

October is transport month and the focus will be on the taxi industry.

The transport minister hosts the National Taxi Lekgotla to formalize the taxi industry.

Source
eNCA