The Panhellenic Federation of Greek Taxi will launch a 12-hour strike on Thursday, November 8th 2018. The strike is supposed to protest a decrease in their business due to ride sharing services and “failure of the government to protect the sector.”
It is certainly coincidence that on Thursday, the chairman of the Federation Thymios Lymberopoulos is to stand trial at an Athens court following a lawsuit by Beat for defamation.
Beat, a taxi cab and peer-to-peer-ridesharing mobile application, has filed against Lymberopoulosasking a compensation of 260,000 euros.
For this purpose, cab owners and drivers will stage their protest gathering outside the Evelpidon Court in downtown Athens at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
“Intimidation through prosecutions and lawsuits is aimed at prohibiting the disclosure of our views. No one can silence us. The taxi existed, exists and will exist. For us it is our job. For others it is just one more product,” the federation said in a statement.
The Greek Taxi Federation and its chairman have been fiercely struggling against Beat and Uber.
The taxi strike will start at 4 o’clock in the morning and end at 4 o’ clock in the afternoon.