Poor Taxi Strike Turnout

DESPITE complaining about the high traffic fines, only a limited number of taxi drivers turned up for yesterday’s planned strike in Windhoek.

The low turnout, with between 50 and 60 drivers heeding the strike call, reflects taxi drivers’ lack of confidence in the Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) which organised the indefinite strike.

As one Windhoek taxi driver put it: “The harsh reality of the high traffic fines exists, but so far going on strike has done very little to change the minds of the authorities.”

This is the second strike that NTTU has organised this year and government has not yielded to their demands for traffic fines to be reduced and that outstanding fines be written off. The union had in May threatened to resort to violence in response to a report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitution and Legal Affairs compiled in April that blames taxi drivers for ignoring traffic fines.

Werner January, President of NTTU Werner Januarie yesterday said the union was expecting a response from government by tomorrow otherwise they will seek other ways of getting attention. “We will exhaust all possible channels to get our plight across until we are heard,” he said.

With less than sixty taxi drivers turning up at Katutura’s Donkerhoek, the strike seemed to have little impact on the traffic flow which continued as normal.

Yesterday, the City of Windhoek issued a public notice informing commuters of the extension in the hours of the bus service.

Source : The Namibian