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London’s cabbies take their fight to City Hall

London’s cabbies take their fight to City Hall

08 October 2014

UNITE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
 
WHEN: From 10am-11am, Wednesday 8 October
WHERE: City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA.

 
Unite’s London cab section will today (Wednesday 8 October) take part in a rally at City Hall over London Mayor Boris Johnson’s failure to ensure existing successful taxi and private hire regulations, which protect the travelling public, are enforced.
 
As part of an ongoing campaign, London's taxi drivers, many of them members of the UK’s largest union Unite, are demanding Mayor Boris should go now so his successor can get on with the job of actually running London for Londoners. Many of these taxi drivers feel angry over Johnson’s ineffective response where many now openly see his time in charge as a ‘complete disaster’.
 
Under Boris Johnson’s Transport for London (TfL) taxi drivers have suffered a regulatory authority that has outsourced many of its responsibilities to private agencies with the net result being a deep fall in service levels and ever increasing costs to the trade.
 
Peter Kavanagh, Unite London and Eastern regional secretary said: “Boris Johnson has failed to deliver anything to a trade that is widely regarded as the world’s finest. His time as Mayor has simply been a complete disaster for the London taxi trade.”
 
Jimmy Kelly secretary of Unite’s cab section said:
“By allowing the Uber app - which undermines existing regulations, doesn’t take bookings or even pay tax in this country - to be licensed as a private hire operator has showed Boris’ true colours.
 
“Many of ‘two jobs Johnson’s’ policies has seen our trade lose out on work that should have been available to London’s taxi drivers. This has to stop now.”
 
ENDS
 
For further information contact Jim Kelly on 07929 008758 Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite Press Office on 020 3371 2061or 07980 224761.
 
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Notes to editors
 
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.