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Unite the union London Cab Section statement on the taxi trade demonstration at the London Shard.

25/04/2014

A taxi trade demonstration at the London Shard is due to take place on the 6th May.

Unite the union London Cab Section fully supports the aims of the demonstration.

The demonstration, in the form of a taxi drive-in, is a consequence of the Shard management’s continuing refusal to agree to the sensible and logical location for a taxi rank and Transport for London’s refusal to appoint a taxi rank without such agreement. 

Unite the union, as Secretary of London Cab Ranks Committee and along with the other trade members of the London Cab Ranks Committee, the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association & the London Cab Drivers Club, has consistently argued that the Shard’s taxi rank should be placed in such a position to best serve the needs of this new London landmark.

The Shard attracts many visitors and employs many people. Not to have a taxi rank at this busy location, serviced by London’s fleet of fully wheelchair accessible taxis, situated at a logical point, adjacent to the main entrances , is in the Cab Section’s view, beyond sensible reasoning.

As well as supporting the aims of the demonstration, Jim Kelly, Unite Cab Trade Committee Chair, has written directly to London Mayor Boris Johnson, stating that he should intervene personally regarding the appointment of the taxi rank, by removing TfL’s intransigence toward it saying:

The London taxi trade should not be forced to threaten forms of direct action in situations where all criteria are met for the appointment of a taxi rank to serve the travelling public.

I would further add that more viable taxi ranks on London’s streets means less pollution and congestion. Unite feels that the above issue is the latest example of your SIPS re-organisation failing to deliver for the London taxi driver.

Even at this late stage we call on you to use your authority to ensure that this rank is appointed as a matter of urgency.

ENDS.

For further information please contact Unite Cab Section’s Peter Rose on 07903 525 520

peter.rose@unitetheunion.org

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.
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