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To the rescue of taxi drivers

A sectoral job retention plan has just been finalized for this profession whose activity has been at a standstill for months. The agreement concerns more than 600 employees working on their own account or for a transport company.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

A sectoral job retention plan has just been finalized for this profession whose activity has been at a standstill for months. The agreement concerns more than 600 employees working on their own account or for a transport company.

Here is an agreement which will not have been difficult to negotiate, recognizes Paul Glouchitsky union secretary LCGB. “There was a common interest in finding a transitional solution: preserving the existence of employees on the one hand, perpetuating the continuity of taxi companies on the other”. But the sectoral job retention plan which has just been concluded is timely for more than thirty companies or freelancers specializing in passenger transport. “It was becoming very difficult to operate when there is still too little business tourism, travelers to take care of at Findel, events and night owls to take care of”.


Wirtschaft, Lokales, Illustration, Findel, Taxi, Taxis, Abholdienst Foto: Anouk Antony / Luxemburger Wort

For drivers, of course, telecommuting is not an option. For a month now, the slowdown has been felt as the few remaining races are concentrated around the field of health.


Admittedly, the resumption of activity is peaking thanks to the relaxation of health rules. With a curfew now pushed back to midnight, cultural events which will soon resume, the restaurant sector which is opening up a little more (and until 10 p.m.) or even the comings and goings of businessmen, taxis should be in demand much more than since covid is circulating in the country. But, in the same opinion of the president of the Federation of Luxembourg taxis, “some have already stopped, and the others are on the red line”.

Stop reform too

For Paul José Leitao, the agreement around the job retention plan is therefore “a great step forward to ensure that a large part of the sector does not sink”. By the end of the year, companies will be prohibited from making redundancies, but it has also been agreed between partners to allow the use of part-time work (on a voluntary basis), the granting of breaks- career (unpaid leave) voluntary, the benefit of partial unemployment, possible temporary labor loans (again if agreed by both parties) or the encouragement of employee training.



LCGB, OGBL and representatives of the country’s 32 private coach and bus companies have just signed a job retention plan.


For the representative of the Federation, however, one aspect remains to be taken into account: “the financial state of our companies”. In fact, since the 2016 reform, the sector has evolved considerably, new players have become more professional and the fleet of cars in circulation has been modernized and extended. “But with the crisis that we have just suffered, it will take us time to recover. Banks must review the spread of our repayments, for example ”.

Just like Paul José Leitao invites the Minister of Mobility not to rush the envisaged reform. “If François Bausch liberalizes the sector even more now, as he said to consider it, we are running into disaster.” The profession and the environmental deputy prime minister should meet by the summer to discuss it.


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