Taxi trade demonstration at the London Shard: 2pm Tuesday 6 May 2014
Unite the union London Cab Section is disappointed by the inability of the Mayor, Boris Johnson, to intervene effectively over the appointment of a taxi rank at the Shangri La Hotel at the Shard which has led to a situation where London’s taxi drivers are forced to protest on the streets at London Bridge station.
On Tuesday 6 May at 2 pm, licensed London taxi drivers will show their anger concerning the Mayors policies which have resulted in the taxi trade having little effective influence within TfL. Boris Johnson’s policies of cutting jobs with little regard to service delivery, with his “SIP” reorganisation being the most recent example. This is the conclusion of many years of inept management under Boris Johnson appointees at London Taxi & Private Hire, a department of TfL.
Taxi rank provision is an essential provision, which also contributes to cutting pollution and congestion. The appointment of ranks on TfL roads is becoming an increasingly difficult, bureaucratic process, with the taxi trades interests receiving little consideration within the wider TfL structures.
Events at the Shard have brought this to a head. The problem at The Shangri La Hotel is not the Hotel Management but the lack of an effective properly resourced strategy on rank provision at the highest level of TfL.
Unite the union London Cab Section is calling for an immediate resolution to this situation; the appointment of a rank in the right location for the travelling public and an end to the bureaucratic indifference towards the taxi trade at the top of Boris Johnson’s TfL.
For further information please contact Unite Cab Section’s Peter Rose on 07903 525 520
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.