VTC: towards a lifting of the strike after a meeting at the ministry of Transport

Manifestation of VTC on the outskirts of Paris, on February 17, 2018 (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT. AFP)

The drivers of VTC, which require the introduction of a minimum price, is going to raise the strike movement underway Saturday, after a meeting at the ministry of Transport, who satisfied with their representatives, a-t-on learned from the CFDT.

A delegation has been received for more than two hours on Saturday afternoon by an advisor of the minister, Elizabeth Terminal.

“He is committed to contact” the members of the mission launched in early December around the possible establishment of a pricing minimum, “to ask them to receive in the next few days the whole of the actors of the sector (taxi, VTC, platforms), told AFP Yazid Sekhri, of the CFDT-VTC.

The union has presented this development as “a step forward,” is likely to “expedite the process”.

When asked about a continuation of the movement, Mr. Sekhri replied: “in the immediate future, no.”

The CFDT had initiated a “strike” to force the State to implement a faster charging minimum-for VTC, the only way according to her to put an end to the pauperization of the profession.

It boasts a floor of 12 euros per race, € 2 to take charge of 1.50 euros per kilometre, and 0.50 euro per minute.

The strike, originally announced in Lille, Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice, has really taken that on the Côte d’azur.

In the morning, between 150 and 200 drivers, according to the organizers, have installed from 6: 00 filter blocks to the inputs of the international airport of Nice.

“We let go of the cabs and individuals, but it prevents the VTC to go to load or unload,” said Mimoun Zarioh, a representative of the section CFDT-VTC of the Alpes-Maritimes. The device had to be maintained until early afternoon.

– Precariousness and expenses that are too high –

In the paris region, only twenty vehicles were parked in the morning at the exit of the airport Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, the police prevent demonstrators from blocking the lane, found an AFP journalist.

The drivers, who were present, denounced in unison the “precariousness” of the trade and the expenses too high, which amputent “35%” their income, according to them.

“The drivers are not doing” with races sometimes paid only “4.50 euros”, and “even a pizza delivery man earns the better”, explained Karim Aissaoui, chauffeur VTC multi-platform since 5 years.

Hamid Osmani touched “2,500 euros net” before in the air. In the profession of VTC, “it pays the Minimum wage and after paying the expenses, we are left with nothing,” he says.

“Yesterday to take a customer to the rue de Vaugirard (in the west of Paris, editor’s NOTE) to the T2F, the terminal farthest from it (Roissy), I put 2: 15AM and I won 36 euro, minus VAT, 34 euros,” added another driver, who requested anonymity.

The gathering originally scheduled in the morning in front of the station of Bordeaux has not taken place, according to an AFP journalist. In Marseilles, where a similar initiative was announced, the organizers did not respond to calls from AFP.

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