Ottawa Airport taxi strike highlights issues

Unifor calls on airport authority, dispatcher to address Uber
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/14/2015

An ongoing dispute involving taxi drivers serving passengers at the Ottawa International Airport has drawn attention to issues within the industry.

The drivers — members of Unifor Local 1688 — were locked out on Aug. 11 after they stopped paying dispatch fees in protest of a deal between the taxi service broker Coventry Connections and the Ottawa International Airport Authority that would see the drivers’ dispatch fees change from a monthly rate to a per-fare rate.

Drivers pay a dispatch fee for the exclusive right to pick up fares on the airport’s arrivals platform. The fee is determined by the airport authority and taxi service broker.