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(en) Canada, Strike! Volume 1, Issue#1 July 2005 (Ontario Edition) - Anarchist News and Commentaryen Cabbies shut down airport by George "Mick" Sweetman

Date Sun, 26 Jun 2005 12:21:33 +0300


To: <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Subject: Canada, Strike! Volume 1, Issue#1 July 2005 (Ontario Edition) - Anarchist News and Commentary
Cabbies shut down airport by George "Mick" Sweetman

Toronto- June 20th taxicab and limo drivers working out of
Pearson international airport blockaded the highways
leading to the airport causing massive traffic jams and delays.
to drivers for tens of thousands of dollars. The drivers
demanded that the licenses be granted to drivers on the basis
of seniority (some having The next day the GTAA got a 24-
hour court injunction preventing any protests, the decision
was appealed and the judge ruled that cabbies had the right
to picket the three terminals, as well as the office of the
GTAA , but were banned from blocking any roads.

In May, Toronto-based cabbies waged their own
series of blockades and protests, including one
where they ringed the provincial legislature with a
bumper-to-bumper blockade shutting down the busy
Queens Park Circle section of University Avenue.
For Toronto cabbies the main issue was the practice of
`scooping' fares in the city by airport-based drivers,
who by law can pick up fares in Toronto while
down-town drivers are banned from picking up
fares at the airport.
What is exciting about this upsurge in militancy
among cab drivers' is that it is organized directly
by the drivers themselves, which is exactly the type
of struggle that is needed to transform the workers'
movement from its current moribund state into one
that can fight for a revolutionary transformation of
society.


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