AIRPORT TAXI DRIVERS
MORE THAN 150 TAXIS NORMALLY SERVE THE OTTAWA AIRPORT – AND WOULD BE TODAY IF THEY HAD NOT BEEN LOCKED OUT BY THE OTTAWA AIRPORT AUTHORITY.
What the airport authority wants to do:
The Ottawa airport authority wants Coventry Connections, the city’s largest taxi firm, to increase dispatch fees paid by drivers fivefold. We drivers, represented by Unifor Local 1688, have said they cannot accept this, and have withheld all dispatch fees since August 1, but continued to serve our riders. On August 11, Coventry locked us out by disabling the transponders that open the gates to the airport.
Why this is wrong:
These added fees will have to be passed on to our passengers, and we don’t think that’s fair. And, at a time when drivers are already facing many challenges such as illegal taxi services, it makes sense to us to drive more customers away.
What YOU can do:
We want to return to the bargaining table to find a solution that benefits drivers and the public. Email Coventry Connections CEO Hanif Patni at email@example.com and airport authority spokesperson Krista Kealey at firstname.lastname@example.org to support that kind of a deal.
Thank you for supporting the drivers!
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