Unfair Competition - Taxis: Trade Unionists Continue The State
9 November 2011 - Défi Media Group
The taxi drivers do not want to let themselves be pushed around. The General Taxi Owners' Union (GTOU) filed a complaint against three government entities for breach of an agreement between them in March 2007.
On March 3, 2007, the Ministries of Tourism and Transport, the Office of the Attorney General and the Association of Tour Operators agree to bury the hatchet with representatives of GTOU. "We have reached an agreement to work together," said the secretary of the association, Asraf Ramdin, a taxi driver in the East. Since this agreement does not seem to have borne fruit. Because, according Asraf Ramdin, all tour operators (TO), only White Sand Tours would have respected until it closed.
"The tour operators want to control everything. They do not allow us to have foreign customers of the hotels. They rent a large sedan along with the capital and sublet at exorbitant prices to tourists and driver. In the absence of large cars that are costly to customers, TO will hire 'contract buses' they sublet as well. They do not respect the whole agreement in March 2007, "said taxi driver. Asraf Ramdin set an initial statement, October 14 at Flacq to denounce the lack of police response and the National Transport Authority (NTA ) that would, he said, had to intervene to prevent this non-compliance of the NTA.
"All these are tour operators is illegal under the legislation. First there is the 'contract buses' which are sub-leased as taxis, same for the sedan, because they operate outside their areas of operation, "says our interlocutor.
Seeing no remedy come Asraf Ramdin decided to strike hard on behalf of the GTOU "I recorded a statement (OB No. 1434/2011) against the State or against the Commissioner of Police, the NTA and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure. We will also pursue a civil order that they finally react, because it is in our livelihood. "
However, Asraf Ramdin welcomed the government's decision to remove 80% of 'duty free' on 'contract buses ', "because there were terrible abuses."