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Cabbies from one of the smaller taxi companies in Shanghai went on strike yesterday over their pensions, which they claim aren’t being adequately paid for by their company. From Global Times:
All of the striking drivers work for the Shanghai Fuxin Taxi Company, which owns 70 taxis in the city. Drivers said that the company did not pay their share of the worker’s pensions, amounting to about 1,100 yuan ($171) per month, for up to four and a half years.
According to Chinese labor law, employers are required to contribute at least 22 percent of an employee’s monthly salary to a mandatory pension fund, while employees have to pay 8 percent.
The striking drivers gathered near Loushanguan Road in Changning at 8 am, with some driving the wrong way on the one-way street while chanting: “We want our pension back.” Their antics disrupted traffic.
The strike coincides with a much larger one happening in Hangzhou over fuel prices and rental costs, but is apparently unrelated.
The drivers went on strike in front of Fuxin locations around the city from 9am to 3pm on Monday. Negotiations with Fuxin started at 3pm, and Shanghai traffic authorities say a solution was reached, which will be announced tomorrow.
While you may be wondering why taxis are complaining less than a month after a 2RMB rate hike, it should be noted that government subsidies are being cut from 1,750RMB to 750RMB and could offset any gains from the higher meter rates. One cab driver estimates he’ll be earning 400-500RMB less than before the rate hike.
Many will probably recognize the maroon cabs of Fuxin Taxi Co as “the sketchy cabs” one is instructed to avoid as a new arrival in Shanghai. Maybe if they weren’t facing years of thankless work followed by years of scraping by after retirement, they’d be less prone to rip you off.