Hanoi cab drivers go on strike

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More than a hundred taxi drivers in Hanoi went on wildcat strike Monday after they were asked to replace and pay for meters sooner than scheduled.


Lines of Thanh Cong Company cabs remained stationary in front of the company headquarters in Long Bien District as drivers refused to comply with the order, the local news website VietNamNet reported.


They said their meters were still fully functional and that they were scheduled to be replaced in two years.


It costs VND3.1 million (US$159) to replace a meter and the drivers are expected to foot the bill.


One of the drivers, identified only as Nguyen Trong H., said the company had made the decision without informing or consulting them.


"Any drivers who don't follow the order are going to have their cabs confiscated and won't be allowed to work at the firm anymore," another driver named M. said.


Driver Nguyen Quang A. said the drivers helped set up the company. "Everyone contributed cabs and obeyed all company regulations but now the management is treating us unfairly. It makes no sense."

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