Cab drivers to strike

IPSWICH cab drivers will be part of a Queensland-wide strike next Wednesday as the industry revolts against State Minister for Transport Rachel Nolan.

The Cab Drivers’ Association of Queensland (CDAQ) is calling for all drivers to rally on Wednesday for a stopwork meeting to demonstrate disapproval of Ms Nolan’s response to the recommendations of Workplace Rights Ombudsman Don Brown.

Hundreds of cab drivers will take part in the hour-long meeting at a venue in Brisbane.

CDAQ secretary Lee Sims said several Ipswich drivers would attend the meeting but he hoped it would have minimal impact on services.

“We do not want to harm customers in Ipswich at all, especially close to New Year’s Eve, but we need to get a message to Minster Nolan that we really do care about our industry and implementing the changes recommended in the Don Brown report is a must.

“A meeting between the minister and myself on Tuesday failed to avert this measure and we need now to hear what the drivers want to do next.

“There could be rolling strikes throughout the state next year if these changes are not implemented.”

Mr Brown’s report, which took a year to write, called for several reforms. Among those were the creation of a taxi industry tribunal, the training of drivers by independent agencies rather than cab companies, the end of set-pay for drivers, and 50-50 bailment agreements where owners cover petrol costs.

A spokeswoman for Ms Nolan said they had already reacted to the report.

“The Government’s response to the Ombudsman’s report gives taxi drivers the highest level of protection from exploitation they’ve ever had,” the spokeswoman said.

“It ensures that there are written agreements between drivers and operators and it makes disputes appealable to QCAT.”



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