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(en) Spaine, CNT #431 - Driving taxis: exploitation without rest - Sect. Taxi Union - Barcelona (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:31:12 +0300

After several unsuccessful meetings with various metropolitan officials, the taxi section has been forced to call a rally in front of the Barcelona City Council to make visible a problem that has been affecting taxi workers and users for a long time. With this action, the aim was to warn citizens of the danger they run when using the taxi service in the Barcelona metropolitan area. ---- There are no security measures for salaried taxi workers, there is no control over taxi companies and fleets in the Barcelona metropolitan area. ---- From the taxi section of the CNT Various Trades Union of Barcelona, we denounce all the abuses allowed by the Metropolitan Taxi Institute (IMET), which we detail below:

Salaried taxi drivers, in order to have a decent salary, need to work exhausting shifts of more than 12 hours every day, some salaried taxi drivers even work 16 or even 24 hours for entire weeks. There are even taxi workers who sleep and eat in the vehicle. All to be able to reach 1100 euros per month.

These long working hours are due to the fact that the salaried worker receives a commission, from that commission VAT, social security and personal income tax are deducted. They do not pay overtime, night shifts or holidays.

In August they give us 700 euros and we cannot take vacations, the extra payments are 350 euros each.

We always charge the same percentage in any circumstance, if it does not reach the minimum, the employer deducts it from the payroll, so he is forced to work as much as it takes to be able to support his family, on many occasions having to accept money that it is won in black and that every day takes a little more life from us. For this reason, we are forced to work endless hours to compensate for all these deficits, with the consequent negative effects on our health and the danger that comes from being tired after so many hours behind the wheel.
Meanwhile, the floteros spend their lives raising money with the health and lives of employees, hiding it under the mattress. Huge amounts of black money that no one controls.

These long and exhausting days endanger our lives: we want to remember the serious accident of a salaried taxi driver that occurred in Terminal 2 of the Barcelona airport a few months ago.

We also want to remember the long list of salaried taxi drivers who suffer from anxiety attacks, tachycardia, heart attacks... and are on medical leave, due to the pressure, harassment and mobbing to which they are subjected by companies, floaters and taxi agencies in Barcelona.

We point directly to IMET as responsible for allowing this situation, and for ignoring what happens in the taxi companies, because according to them it is a business and union problem and is not their responsibility.

We point directly to the department of labor and the labor inspection as being responsible, as they do not act if there is no prior complaint and when they do act, they do so after 5 months when the worker is on sick leave or dismissed.

Both self-employed and salaried taxi workers are tired of years of abuse and impunity from taxi companies and a mafia of floaters that impose their own laws in an authoritarian and martial way, without anyone holding them accountable. These taxi bosses are responsible for exploiting taxi drivers, forcing them to work endless hours, endangering the health of workers and the safety of Barcelona taxi users.

We are already several people who, tired of not being able to earn a living with a minimum of dignity by offering citizens the taxi service they deserve, have organized ourselves to change this situation. It is time to fight for our rights.

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