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Taxi drivers' strike in Madrid ends after refusal to meet demands

Taxis wait for business on Wednesday morning in Madrid.
Taxis wait for business on Wednesday morning in Madrid. / EFE
  • After 16 days on strike, taxi drivers in Madrid narrowly voted to return to work on Wednesday

After 16 days on strike, taxi drivers in Madrid narrowly voted to return to work on Wednesday. They had been demanding tougher rules for Uber-style cars, which they see as unfair competition.

But, unlike concessions made in Catalonia, the Madrid regional government didn't give ground and, faced with loss of income, the strike was ended. Local politicians are now looking at loosening restrictions on taxis in Madrid to bring them closer to the private-hire business model.