Hi there, hope you are well and earning enough.
This weeks blog was going to be a very lighthearted look at my 7 years of driving a cab around London and i was also going to do a little piece on the way that I have mixed up pieces of London in the past IE; when I was about 8 or 9 I told my dad that I could see birds nests in the ovary, instead of aviary, as we went past regents park zoo. He still laughs at me about that nearly 40 years later.
But some things have happened this week that made me change my mind and write this instead.
It started with Steve telling me that there were over 600 cab drivers who had joined the R.M.T union in the last few months. Then on yesterdays news there was a report that the wonderful Mr Bob Crow had gone to LHR to meet with the cabbies there to sort out the problems that are ongoing about the introduction of mini cab ranks in the terminals.
Then this morning Steve tells me that he has heard rumours of blockades and strikes at LHR to make BAA think again.
Well I am not a very political person and have never been in a union,probably because I have always been self employed since the day that I left school, but I thought that unions were for the EMPLOYED person to protect them from their EMPLOYER. Now correct me if I am wrong but we are all self employed so therefore we will be joining a union to protect us from exploitation by ourselves!
Now I know that there is a lot wrong with the trade and that there is a lot of bad feeling about the mini cab ranks at LHR but there must be another way of fighting it. Maybe its about time that those of us that are in the L.T.D.A and L.C.D.C got in touch with Bob Oddie and co to see what they are doing and if necessary demand that they do more for their money.
What I don’t see is that Bob Crow is going to be our saviour.
What I can see happening is this. The R.M.T call for a blockade of LHR and all the cabbie members that have joined up, rally to the call, there they are standing by their cabs for a photo opportunity for the press while the roads into and out of the airport are at a standstill. Meanwhile all the punters that are stuck jump onto the Heathrow express to be met by the grateful cabbies that still rank at Paddington or worse still book a mini cab with AL because they are pissed off with the delays that we have caused at the airport.
Then powers that be at BAA getting a call,from the 2 minicab firms that have caused the problems in the first place, saying that if the black cab fraternity don’t want the work we will do it. And then the next step is BAA shutting down the feeder park and handing the work lock stock and barrel over to the scabs.
Can you imagine the feeder park going the same way as the Granby Gill and being full of A Lee mpvs!
And the other thing is when the RMT call the next tube strike ,which they do on a regular basis, big bad Bob will be there calling for solidarity with the brothers and demanding that we don’t cross the picket lines, which will no doubt be set up at the entrance to every station in London.
Also does anybody know how many minicab drivers are members of the same union? You could end up with a situation where you are asked to support your mpv driving brothers in some dispute with their bosses and man the baracades outside some of the account customers that they have taken from us in the first place!
Now I am not saying that we have to take this laying down but there must be a better way than signing up with the R.M.T.
Well thats me done for now and I will be back next week with something a little more light hearted, cheers Del Boy.