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Unite demands Boris comes clean on Addison Lee

20/04/2012

Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has demanded that the London mayor Boris Johnson comes clean on his relationship with Addison Lee.
 
Unite represents London bus workers and black cab drivers who are warning that any plans to relax bus lane restrictions would be a recipe for travel chaos on London’s roads.
 
The union is demanding answers to five simple questions regarding the mayor’s relationship with the minicab firm Addison Lee and its chairman John Griffin.

    Will Boris Johnson condemn Addison Lee for advocating illegal action and review the company’s license to operate? Mr Johnson will condemn unions at any opportunity for acting within the law but he has said nothing about a man who wants to illegally disrupt London’s roads.
    Has any of the money that the Tories have received from John Griffin or Addison Lee been spent on Boris Johnson’s re-election campaign?
    Will the Conservative party and Boris Johnson return any donations and refuse to accept any more?
    What will Boris Johnson do about minicabs using bus lanes?
    Will he promise now to resist Addison Lee’s demands or will he cave in to illegal action?

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Mr Johnson will condemn unions at any opportunity for acting within the law but he has said nothing about a man who wants to illegally disrupt London’s roads.
 
“It’s time Boris Johnson comes clean on his relationship with Addison Lee and its chairman John Griffin and answers some simple questions. Why will he not personally condemn a man who is instructing his drivers to break the law on London’s roads?
 
“John Griffin’s demands will have major consequences for London’s roads. If he has any respect for the people of London and the men and women who work on London’s roads he should come clean on his relationship with this man and his company.”

Ken Livingstone said today

“Chickens are coming home to roost – Addison Lee financially backed Boris Johnson for mayor and now they think they have got carte blanche to flout the law.

“One of Boris Johnson’s biggest donors, John Griffin, has incited his staff to break the law, threatening to create anarchy on the roads of London. Londoners will find it difficult to understand why the Tory Mayor appears to be rewarding him for his unacceptable and illegal activity by taking no serious action.

“The Mayor should already have reviewed whether TfL should continue to license Addison Lee to operate as a private hire firm in London. I will do that from day one if I am elected.

“Bus and cycle lanes are necessary so that 4 million daily bus passengers can have reliable journeys, and cyclists can travel safely. Taxis are allowed in because they are licensed to pick up and drop off passengers when they are hailed in the street and so need access to the kerb. Bringing in 60,000 private hire vehicles would simply destroy their purpose. I will simply not allow this change to take place.

“Inciting your employees to engage in illegal activity should mean you face the full force of British law.”
 

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