Toronto won’t be crippled by a cab strike during NBA All-Star Weekend after all.
After meeting with some city councilors Wednesday, the head of the United Taxi Workers Association of the GTA announced the strike would be put off.
Paul Sekhon admits a full-out strike would have caused a major inconvenience for the public, who would, no doubt, be overcharged by Uber to get around this weekend.
And Skehor says it would have hurt local businesses, as well as the cabbies themselves who would miss out on a busy, tourist-filled weekend.
“We never had intentions to hijack the city of Toronto for this upcoming NBA All-Star event, but we were misled and everyone was hurt, emotions overran us and we didn’t know what else to do. But now we sat down, and we got the sympathy from the councilors that are onside, for the most part, and said Uber-X is illegal. This is a big statement for us and for our industry, an industry that was dying….some elected officials are standing side by side with the taxi cab industry.”
Although the strike has been averted for now, it does not mean there won’t be any job action in the future, but as of yet, nothing has been announced.