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Striking taxi drivers demand pension coverage

CABBIES from a local taxi company went on strike this morning -- the first day when the city raised the flag-down fare by 3 yuan including a 1-yuan fuel surcharge -- asking for pension coverage.

The cabbies parked their cars along the Xianxia Road this morning and put up signs on their taxis saying "I want pension." Traffic was severely affected for hours before the cabbies and their employer started a negotiation in the afternoon.

Local taxi companies are accused of not paying the social insurances for their cabbies, including pension, medical insurance and work injury insurance. Under China's Social Insurance Law, both employers and employees are required to pay the mandatory social insurance.

An official with the Changning District Human Resources and Social Security Bureau confirmed the strike to Shanghai Daily and said they are now looking into the case.


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