Racism prevalent in taxi industry

A damning new report has found that racism is widespread in Galway’s taxi industry.The controversial report, carried out by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, found that no taxi company in Galway employs black drivers.

Galway’s taxi industry has hit back, saying that each driver is a shareholder and in effect works on a self-employed basis.The report has made 12 recommendations, including that taxi drivers attend training sessions on racism as soon as possible.  It also accuses the public of not always taking the first taxi in the queue. A survey revealed that 26% were trying to find an ‘Irish taxi’.In response to the question, whethere they have experience racial discrimination whilst driving in Galway, 100% of African drivers answered affirmatively.The full report is available here http://www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/documents/galway_taxi_industry_report__riding_along_with_racism.pdf

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