Taxi Strike for the Ryder Cup

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The President of the National Taxi Drivers Union in Ireland, Tommy Gorman, has admitted there would certainly be disruption to next month’s Ryder Cup at the K Club in Co Kildare after up to 1,000 taxi-drivers in Dublin have voted to strike for the event. The strike, in response to a new price structure being proposed by the industry’s regulator, is likely to impact heavily on the Ryder Cup as thousands of spectators will attend, many requiring transport for the 18 miles from Dublin.
Taxi-drivers have already staged two 24-hour stoppages over the past weeks as part of a campaign against the new national fare structure which is to come in to effect on September 25th. The move to stage another stoppage around the Ryder Cup has been heavily criticised however.
Ireland’s Minister for Tourism John O’Donoghue has said industrial action could be extremely damaging to the country while the Transport spokesperson for the opposition party, Fine Gael , said the industrial action would be a very unwise move. Meanwhile Annette Devine, President of the Irish Hotels Federation said of the strike “it will cause huge disruption to those aiming to attend, present a negative image of Ireland to overseas visitors and effectively hold the country to ransom”.
The strike action will now go to the three main taxi unions for final ratification. {Thanks to TS for additional information for this article.}

One Response to “Taxi Strike for the Ryder Cup”

  1. Joe says:

    This doesn’t look like it is getting any closer to being resolved. On the news today the “Commission for Taxi Regulation has turned down an invitation from the Irish Taxi Drivers Federation and National Taxi Drivers Union to attend a ‘mass meeting’ of taxi drivers to discuss their dispute over changes to the fares structure.” []

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