Taxis in Addis end strike after directive's implementation postponed
VOA/Ethiomedia
March 2, 2016


ADDIS ABABA (March 2) - Thousands of taxis that were on boycott in the Ethiopian capital resumed service on Wednesday after they were informed that the government has decided to postpone a controversial directive.

Though many taxi drivers that talked to the Voice of America (VOA) Amharic Service correspondent Eskinder Frew were skeptical that the government would scrap the directive, they said they were obeying the orders passed by their union leaders.

The Road Traffic Safety Directive was issued five years ago but was held back from implementation for unknown reasons.

The EPRDF government, which is facing a stiff opposition in Oromia region, is facing numerous challenges, including violent clashes in Gonder, as well as in eastern and southeastern regions such as in Gambella. When news broke that the taxis were boycotting in Addis, many mistook as the last straw that broke the camel's back. Taxi drivers have warned that their measure had no political link to any ongoing opposition to the ruling party in power.

Taxis on strike bring Addis to a standstill

ADDIS ABABA (March 1) - Taxis in the Ethiopian capital have boycotted services, thus bringing the city of 4 million to a standstill. According to a VOA report, the boycott was sparked by a controversial 'Road Transport Safety' directive taxi drivers fear would put them out of work if fully implemented.

Taxi drivers who talked to VOA reporter Tsion Girma said taxi drivers were bearing too much hurdles and yet were facing a grim prospect because of what the government is trying to put into action.


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