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Taxi war settled

The Auckland Airport and the Auckland Taxi Association have come to an agreement following protests over taxi drivers’ work conditions.

Earlier this week members of the ATA participated in a hunger strike over working conditions at the airport.

The airport does not employ the drivers but has contracts with some taxi companies allowing them to use its dedicated cab rank.

A spokesman  for the ATA Manmohan Singh had  told NBR ONLINE the group refused to negotiate with Auckland Airport  general manager for retail Richard Barker.
However,  the pair released a joint statement today outlining an agreement. 

Auckland Airport has held firm its decision not to move the dedicated cab rank but has agreed to other actions including a new short fare system, improving relationships with traffic marshalls and a transport concierge.

It says it will also improve external signage at the domestic terminal to direct passengers to the free flow taxi rank. It will also upgrade sunshelter, drinking water and toilets for drivers.

The actions are subject to review after one year.