Taxis: professionals want to dialogue to restructure the sector

Taxi professionals calling for a real restructuring of their sector. Under the banner of the National Coordination of Trade Unions in the Taxi Sector in Morocco, they observed, Thursday, September 1, a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the wilaya of Casablanca to protest against the management of their sector with “circulars” from the Ministry of the Interior. An action that they threaten to take on a national scale if a “serious” dialogue is not initiated as soon as possible.

In the taxi sector, more and more voices are being raised to demand real structuring. Jostled by other means of transport, more popular with users, and applications for putting users and private drivers in contact, taxi professionals can only see their salvation through a restructuring of their sector which is the fruit of a law. “What we want is the end of the system of approvals which burdens this sector and the income which results from it, to move towards a structured sector, governed by a law resulting from a dialogue with the professionals”, declares to the ” Matin” the member of the National Coordination of Trade Unions in the taxi sector in Morocco and Secretary General of the Moroccan Democratic Labor Union, Mustapha El Kihel.

“During the pandemic, the channels of communication with the local authorities and the guardianship at the national level were open, which led us to think that we were considering improving the structuring of this sector. Moreover, the former head of government had ranked in 2020 the taxi sector among the unstructured sectors. But today, the surprise is significant: the Ministry of the Interior, through three unilateral circulars, confirms the vulnerability of professionals in the sector”, continues Mr. El Kihel.
These circulars, he says, “although giving the impression of wanting to regulate the sector, confirm the dependence of drivers on the operators of amenities”. “Therefore, we ask to put an end to this system of approvals and to prepare a law which provides for clear specifications and also to develop the infrastructure so that taxis can serve users in the best conditions”, underlines the trade unionist. The latter also calls for placing the taxi sector under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics and no longer the Ministry of the Interior.

The National Coordination of Trade Unions in the taxi sector in Morocco asked, during this sit-in “to open dialogue as quickly as possible with the wilaya of the Casablanca-Settat region (which has the largest number of professionals ) and to schedule meetings with an agenda and minutes and not listening sessions, as was the case in the past”. Failing that, she threatens to observe a new sit-in with vehicles this time and to expand the movement nationwide.
It should be recalled that the unions in the taxi sector in Casablanca have suspended three main demands relating to the abolition of part of the municipal taxes which have been released, the taxi stations and the advertising posters on this category of means of transport. urban transport. In fact, they complain about the almost general absence of stations reserved for taxis in the metropolis and the accumulation of municipal taxes which amount to 600 dirhams/taxi, part of which is used to pay for the operation of taxi stations. taxis, almost absent, and another part is used to pay for the controls as well as the specifications of the taxis which were carried out quarterly, but which are no longer done today. They also complain about their deprivation of display advertising, which can be a source of additional income for them.

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