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Taxi drivers in Barcelona set to strike over ‘low tariffs and unfair competition’: Cabbies hope to ‘blockade’ Spain’s second largest city

The drivers are angry at ride-hailing services such as Uber and Cabify
June 14, 2023, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain: Taxi drivers protest against the EU court ruling against Barcelona's ride-hailing limits, a thirtieth of the taxi licences, violating the companies 'freedom of establishment' contrary to EU law. (Credit Image: © Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Press Wire)

TAXI drivers in Barcelona are set to go on strike next Tuesday as simmering tensions in the sector come to the boil.

The protest, which has been called by the STAC, ATC, Paktaxi, Anger and Elite Taxi trade unions, will see cab drivers attempt to ‘blockade’ areas of the city next Tuesday, June 18, from 6am to 6pm.

They are calling for immediate government intervention to help protect the sector against the ‘abuses’ of insurance companies.

Protestors are also asking the Metropolitan Taxi Institute (IMET), the autonomous body which manages urban taxis and ride-hailing services (VTCs) in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, to implement ‘dignified’ tariffs.

They believe that ride-hailing services, such as Uber, Bolt or Cabify, are contributing to stagnating wages and represent ‘unfair competition’ by monopolising the industry.

READ MORE: WATCH: “This is going to end badly” Taxi and Uber drivers at each other’s throats again in Spain’s Mallorca as tensions boil over

Taxi drivers have long protested against the ‘unfair competition’ posed by their rivals, including Uber. Credit: Cordon Press

Last month, hundreds of taxi drivers organised a slow march through Barcelona which ‘paralysed’ traffic in protest against ride-hailing services, with trade union leaders warning that VTCs must ‘operate legally, or there will be no peace in Barcelona’.

The unions have also warned that Tuesday’s protest will not be the last, with plans to introduce ‘blockades’ at key points throughout the city, including the port, El-Prat airport, and Sants train station, all of which are key hubs for transport and trade.

The spokesperson for the Catalan government, Patricia Plaja, has sought to reassure taxi drivers by pledging to introduce a new law during the next parliament which will make co-existence of taxis and VTCs possible, and will incorporate ‘most of the measures the taxi drivers are demanding’.

“The government worked for months with all parties involved on a new law, it was almost done and would have been approved in June if it wasn’t for the snap election’, she said last month.

Ben Pawlowski

Ben joined the Olive Press in January 2024 after a four-month stint teaching English in Paraguay. He loves the adrenaline rush of a breaking news story and the tireless work required to uncover an eye-opening exclusive. He is currently based in Barcelona from where he covers the city, the wider Catalunya region, and the north of Spain. Send tips to ben@theolivepress.es

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