Metro taxi drivers threaten strike action again over fare rise row
9:39am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
BOLTON taxi drivers are again threatening to strike in a long-running fares dispute with Metro Cars.
Up to 500 private hire taxi drivers could go on strike next month if a plan to raise fares is not implemented.
Self-employed drivers with Bolton’s biggest private hire firm, Metro, have been involved in a disagreement over fares since May.
A potential bank holiday weekend strike was called off after talks but now Bolton Private Hire Association says action could be taken in September.
Drivers were called to a function with Metro at the Excellency banqueting venue in Bolton town centre yesterday evening, Tonge Moor-based Metro is owned by Nick Astley who was unavailable for comment yesterday afternoon.
Metro spokesman Jimmy Chadat said the firm believed other parts of May’s agreement had not been met, such as drivers approaching other firms about their fares.
But he declined to comment further, saying that Metro wanted to speak directly to drivers at the Excellency before making any public comments.
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