The ongoing problems with Ibiza Taxis shows no sign of slowing down (pardon the expression) with the Ibiza Taxi Federation (FITIE) calling for a strike to coincide with Easter week from 23-28 March. This industrial action is to protest against the plan agreed between municipalities and the Consell (island council) to issue more seasonal licenses. FITIE has also warned of further summer strikes if the public institutions “maintain their disinterest” in negotiating with the federation.
According to FITIE president Alejandro Cardell, the agreed seasonal plan that grants more summer licences “in a single turn” has been negotiated “behind the backs of taxi drivers”. He continued “we have always tried to reach consensus with varying degrees of success, but this time have not agreed on anything”.
This latest turn of events follows on from the taxi drivers rally against ‘pirate taxis’ which ironically only exist because of the lack of taxis in the summer. Some will see this latest threat as the taxi drivers protecting their business whereas others will see it as further proof of an outdated licensing system where tourists are the ones who ultimately suffer.