No ticket to ride: Japanese bus drivers strike by giving free rides
A protest in the city of Okayama is the latest in a long line of fare-free travel in response to privatisation and price hikes
Instead of forming a picket line, protesting bus drivers in the Japanese city of Okayama have been completing their routes – but not taking fares from passengers.
The dispute between workers and the Ryobi bus company reportedly began after a rival bus service launched in April, offering cheaper fares. Worried drivers called for more job security, according to Japanese media. When that wasn’t agreed, they covered the ticket machines on buses and refused to take fares from passengers.
Source: Guardian Transport