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SIPTU taxi drivers vote to return to work 

SIPTU taxi drivers have voted by a margin of 52% to 48% to return to work. Voting in today's ballot ended over an hour ago. The result follows yesterday's vote by members of the Irish Taxi Drivers' Federation and the National Taxi Drivers' Union who voted to suspend their strike action. SIPTU leaders had urged their members to vote for a return.

The SIPTU representative, Gerry Browne, said this morning that ten days ago, their President, Des Geraghty, had personally organised for negotiations to begin with the Minister and his officials. He added that the last ten days have been wasted and they have also lost time in which they could have had substantive negotiations with the Government.

Two thousand members of other taxi organisations voted last night to resume services from 7pm this evening. The voting by members of the Irish Taxi Drivers' Federation and the National Taxi Drivers' Union was 65% in favour of a return to work and 35% against. The ballot followed a High Court ruling that granted the taxi operators a judicial review of the Government's deregulation of their business.

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