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Italy’s taxi drivers on strike nationwide

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Taxi drivers across Italy are on strike all day on Tuesday, as unions protest against competition from Uber and other new rivals.

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The strike will last from 8am to 10pm, with a protest planned in Rome, The Local reported.

The strike was called on Monday night after talks between union leaders rejected “unacceptable” proposals from the Italian Ministry of Transport.

Taxi drivers argue that the government has unfairly deregulated the market, allowing multinationals and private ride-hailing companies such as Uber to take advantage.

Unions are calling for tighter rules on where drivers are allowed to operate. Taxi drivers can only work in areas they have a license for, while Uber and other car-hire services are not restricted to a single zone.

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