According to a Herald Sun report some days ago, Greek taxi drivers have responded positively to the invitation of covering vacant positions of drivers in Melbourne. The most attracting salary of $4,000 rings like heaven in the ears of the debt-crippled Greeks, who are fighting against the fifth consecutive year of recession.
The Greek-Austarlian owner of Taxilink, Heracles Katsiabanis, highlighted the problematic lack of taxi drivers Melbourne is facing nowadays and added that once the initiative of “importing” one thousand Greek taxi drivers became known, his phone line was on fire.
“It was not possible to help and provide information to everyone via phone. Hundreds of applications have already been registered” said Mr. Katsiabanis.
Katsiabanis’ company, along with “Ambassador Taxis” of Yiannis Vlassopoulos and “Cabways” of Sikavitsa Bros. are today running more than 500 taxis out of the total 5,000 operating in Melbourne.
“Our website has been updated to serve the needs of everyone interested in requiring information or applying for the job” noted Mr. Katsiabanis. The website is http://www.australiantaxiacademy.com.au/.
However, according to a relative announcement made by a spokesperson from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of the Australian Government, no such program has been approved by the government concerning the mass migration of Greek taxi drivers interested in working in Australia.
According to newsit.com, there are serious doubts about whether the whole project can eventually work out, since migrating to Australia is time-consuming, expensive, and the country only requires specialized labour.
Mr. Katsiabanis insists that the first new arrivals will be within the coming weeks and, therefore, he plans on running his own “Taxi Academy” from April 2, in order to teach the applicants the basics and further train them. “Following the seminars will be out of charge. The only responsibility of those who attend the seminars will be working for our company for three months, six days a week, from 10 to 12 hours. Their net income will be up to $1,000 a week.” said Mr. Katsiabanis.