AAFES hopeful full-time taxi service will resume soon
June 3, 2008
<b>YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea</b> - Yongsan Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials announced Monday that a solution to providing full-time taxi service may be drawing nearer.
Taxi drivers with Arirang World Cup Ltd. have been on strike since April 22 due to labor negotiations with its management.
Since then, a secondary company has been providing limited taxi service at taxi stands. In addition, U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan has increased its shuttle bus service to every 15 minutes during peak periods.
"It appears that World Cup management is unable to come to a resolution with its drivers; therefore, AAFES has put World Cup on notice that they must return to full operation immediately or face further contract administration that may result in contract termination," said Shawn Dorcy, AAFES general manager.
If necessary, AAFES will procure services with another company as soon as possible, Dorcy said.
"While the interruption in service may continue for now, it is hoped that within the next 30 to 45 days, AAFES will have more taxis -- up to 150 -- in place to service the needs of its customers," Dorcy said.