taxi drivers

Hailing in Vain: Beijing’s Taxicab Crisis

Anyone who has spent time in Beijing in recent years knows how difficult it can be to flag down a cab in the massive metropolis, especially during the city’s infamously congested rush hours. One reason for the apparent...

Fruit Knives, Taxi Windows in Pre-Congress Crackdown

With the start of the 18th Party Congress less than two weeks away, Barbara Demick catalogues the broad range of restrictions imposed on Beijingers to ensure that all goes harmoniously. From the Los Angeles Times: Since last...

Beijing’s Taxicab Contention

As economic expansion benefits China’s growing middle class, long stagnant fares are leaving Beijing’s 66,000 taxi drivers discontented. The Economist reports: Beijing’s base fare of 10 yuan ($1.60) has not changed...

China: Taxi Drivers and Railway Workers on Strike

Global Voices Online collects and translates Weibo commentary on recent strikes by Hangzhou taxi drivers and Changsha railway employees. The latter case, in particular, resonates uncomfortably with Communist Party history....

Taxi Drivers in Eastern China Strike Over Rising Fuel Costs

Thousands of taxi drivers in Hangzhou are striking because of fuel costs. From Reuters: More than 1,000 taxi drivers in the Chinese tourist city of Hangzhou in eastern Zhejiang province went on strike on Monday to protest about...

30 Years of Reform: What Now? (Updated)

The Washington Post reports on the recent taxi strikes and other signs of increasing dissatisfaction among China’s rising middle class as the economy falters: From the far western industrial county of Yongdeng to the...

Taxi Protests Test China’s Tolerance

Asia Times writes about the recent taxi strikes across China as a single, linked action: The strike started in Chongqing municipality in early November, and taxi drivers in cities including Sanya in Hainan province, Yongdeng in...

300 Chinese Cab Drivers Hold Strike In South China

CDT blogged Guangzhou cab drivers’ calls for a strike earlier. The strike actually happened yesterday, and here is a story from AP: About 300 taxi drivers went on strike in a southern Chinese city, smashing cars and...

Taxi Driver Strike, Union and Street Democracy

Oiwan Lam writes in Global Voices Online blog: Taxi drivers from around the country have been in strike for a month. The first protest appeared in Chongqin in November 3, then it spread to Hainan, Gansu, Yunnan, Shandong,...

Guangzhou Taxi Driver Strike (With Video)

Cabbies in Guangzhou took to the streets Monday to protest the alleged beating of a fellow cab driver by a government official yesterday evening. The cab driver was beaten by three men after a traffic accident. Related photos,...

Sanya Cabbies Continue Strike

The strikes by taxi drivers in Chongqing seem to be contagious, as similar strikes have broken out this week in Yongdeng, Gansu and Sanya, Hainan Island, China Daily reports: In Sanya, local police detained 21 people who...

Taxi Strikes in China Highlight Changing Press Controls

On China Media Project, David Bandurski writes about domestic media coverage of the recent taxi strike in Chongqing as an example of the new governmental approach to media control, which aims to “actively set the...

China City Vows Crackdown On Taxi Strike Violence

From AFP: Authorities in one of China’s biggest cities vowed on Tuesday to crack down on violence that has marked a rare strike by taxi drivers, and called for an immediate return to work. Several thousand taxi drivers...

Taxi Drivers On Strike In Chongqing

From China Daily: Cab drivers in main urban zones of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality stopped work to protest a number of issues in China’s fourth biggest city on Monday. Members of the public could find no...

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