Thousands of Italian taxi drivers have gone on strike over government plans to de-regulate their profession. Taxi drivers jammed the centre of Rome to make their feelings known as more protests took place nationwide. Up to 30,000 cab drivers are thought to have stopped work.
“We just want to work in peace. We want to be left alone. Politicians should de-regulate themselves,” said one angry driver. “We are ready to fight to the bitter end if necessary, and face the consequences. We have to defend our right to work,” said another striking driver.
Italy’s taxi drivers have been striking on and off since last year over Romano Prodi’s de-regulation proposals. They’re aimed at liberalising taxi licences, which would allow more operators into the presently heavily-protected market and a lowering of prices.