As many as 100 Welwyn Hatfield taxi drivers go on strike
PUBLISHED: 15:58 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:28 10 May 2017
Taxi drivers for AAA, which serves Welwyn Hatfield, have gone on strike this afternoon.
Drivers have told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that they are not happy with the terms of a contract that AAA has asked them to sign.
Drivers claim that AAA has also asked them to pay for a PDA (personal digital assistant), which is currently included as part of the payment they already make to the taxi firm.
Despite being on strike, drivers say they have had no response from AAA over their concerns.
Driver Mohammed Ali said: “We have been told by our union that we should not sign any contract.”
Shahzad Malik added: “They’re trying to make us sign a self employed contract.
“We’re all self employed now so that’s why we don’t have to sign any more contracts.
“From May 18 they want us to supply our own PDA.”
Mazhar Iqbal, who has worked with AAA for eight years, added: “If we sign a contract, we’re working for them and we’re not self employed.
“If we reject a job for any reason, we have to go to the sin bin.
“You can’t have a job for another hour.
“We’ve had no response from the office so far.”
Rachel Dale, one of the AAA managers, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It’s business as usual.
“All school children have been picked up and will be picked up.
“There’s no need for parents to be concerned.”
Ms Dale declined to comment further at this stage over remarks made by the drivers over contracts.