Ottawa airport taxi dispute hits 2-month mark
Haroun Dwaydar has been without a full paycheque for two month as the Ottawa airport taxi labour dispute drags on — forcing the 61-year-old to ask his children to pay his mortgage and other bills.
“I feel terrible. It makes me uncomfortable,” he said.
His wife Wafad Dwaydar added, “asking a child for help, that’s like you’re stripping your heart from your chest.”
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Dwaydars told CBC News they can’t afford to live on the $250 a week they’re getting from the union — and they’re not alone.
Unifor, the taxi drivers’ union, said that more than 270 families are affected by the labour dispute.
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Airport taxi drivers have been locked out of the stand at the arrivals level as they refuse to pay the new pick-up fee charged by the dispatcher, Coventry Connections, for the exclusive right to pick up at the airport.
Airport drivers used to pay a monthly fee of $345 to the dispatcher, which the dispatcher says would amount to about $1.50 to $2 per fare. The new plan, negotiated between the dispatcher and the Ottawa International Airport Authority, has drivers paying $4.50 per fare instead of a monthly fee.
About 100 airport tax drivers and their supporters marched through downtown Ottawa Friday in protest of the raised fees.