Australia: Taxi drivers threaten more airport strikes

A taxi strike that caused half a day of chaos at Adelaide Airport is over for now — but drivers have threatened to take more industrial action if their demands are not met, according to Adelaide Now.

Taxi drivers formed a blockade early on Friday morning following Adelaide Airport’s decision to lift a ban on UberX pick-ups.

The taxi drivers stopped taking passengers and Uber drivers also cancelled all pick-ups, just hours after it was granted access to the airport yesterday amid threats to its drivers. The blockade ended at lunchtime when drivers struck a deal with the Transport Department for an UberX inspector to be stationed at the airport.

Taxi driver representatives will meet with the Transport Department again next Thursday to review the agreement. If that meeting is unsuccessful drivers have threatened to strike again.

The Government has scheduled extra bus services and is waiving fares for passengers leaving the airport.

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