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Demos & Protests

Say no to 19

This is a piece by John Kennedy Say NO to 19,

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lst other trade organisations claimed a “victory” for reversing the PCO/TFL decision for allowing an individual with a serious criminal conviction on the knowledge the RMT London taxi branch moved onto to the next problem facing the trade which is the “London Local Authorities & Transport for London (no.2) Bill”, clause 19 will gives powers to Transport for London and all London councils allowing them to introduce “Voluntary Registration” schemes for pedicabs across the capital and not just in the West End of the City. If this bill passes through the commons in its present form you and I will be sitting next to and behind pedicab ranks throughout the West End and eventually other parts of London. For those trade leaders who wish to “ban and not licence pedicabs” need to understand that a “voluntary scheme” is unworkable and unenforceable and it is the hard working taxi-cab driver that is left sitting behind or next to the pedicab rank and not them.

So on the 30th September at just after midday members of the taxi branch of the RMT specialist transport union held a picket outside the offices of Westminster City Council and then just after 1.00 pm that picket moved down to the offices of Transport for London, Windsor house on Victoria Street. The picket was good humoured and I must say John Paul Pace of the RMT had re jigged the words to “Swing Low Sweet chariot” to “Swing Low Sweet Pedicab coming for to carry you home…”, with Paul walsh blowing a horn and making sounds only a bagpipe could do we ended up with a crowd of local school children joining in and banging on the drums for us. Yes the picket was fun but a serious message was sent directly to Westminster City Council and Transport for London that the RMT London taxi branch will not sit back and watch the standards of public transport revert back to that of a third world country, public safety and the protection of the right to ply for hire of our members is paramount.

With the new parliamentary session soon to begin we shall be meeting officers of the union and then arranging to meet members of parliament and discuss in detail our concerns with this bill then we shall petition parliament at the right time and explain in detail the problems “clause 19” creates for working taxi-cab drivers and the general public. It was heart warming yesterday to speak to members of the public who actually support our cause in fact one lady was a tour guide (blue badge) she totally agreed with our position I asked her if she was in a union and I asked her to contact them and get her union to lobby against the bill turns out she was a member of Unite so let’s hope her branch of this union wakes up to this problem.

What though can you do if you are a working taxi-cab driver well the answer is simple join the only trade union and organisation that is prepared to stand up for you, others claim victories whilst some just follow but we in the RMT take the lead and get the job done. The problems we face in our trade will take time to solve but the quicker we grow the stronger we come. With active branch meetings that encourage debate you know you can have your say and seek the support of your colleagues and the wider union. It is time for all London taxi-cab drivers to join the RMT specialist transport union and make a stand for the rights that you have earned www.rmt.org.uk .

Say NO to 19, that’s a clause contained within the “London Local Authority and Transport for London (no.2) Bill, if you happen to pick up an MP or even a Peer tell them to just say “NO to 19”…!

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Whilst other trade organisations claimed a “victory” for reversing the PCO/TFL decision for allowing an individual with a serious criminal conviction on the knowledge the RMT London taxi branch moved onto to the next problem facing the trade which is the “London Local Authorities & Transport for London (no.2) Bill”, clause 19 will gives powers to Transport for London and all London councils allowing them to introduce “Voluntary Registration” schemes for pedicabs across the capital and not just in the West End of the City. If this bill passes through the commons in its present form you and I will be sitting next to and behind pedicab ranks throughout the West End and eventually other parts of London. For those trade leaders who wish to “ban and not licence pedicabs” need to understand that a “voluntary scheme” is unworkable and unenforceable and it is the hard working taxi-cab driver that is left sitting behind or next to the pedicab rank and not them.

So on the 30th September at just after midday members of the taxi branch of the RMT specialist transport union held a picket outside the offices of Westminster City Council and then just after 1.00 pm that picket moved down to the offices of Transport for London, Windsor house on Victoria Street. The picket was good humoured and I must say John Paul Pace of the RMT had re jigged the words to “Swing Low Sweet chariot” to “Swing Low Sweet Pedicab coming for to carry you home…”, with Paul walsh blowing a horn and making sounds only a bagpipe could do we ended up with a crowd of local school children joining in and banging on the drums for us. Yes the picket was fun but a serious message was sent directly to Westminster City Council and Transport for London that the RMT London taxi branch will not sit back and watch the standards of public transport revert back to that of a third world country, public safety and the protection of the right to ply for hire of our members is paramount.

With the new parliamentary session soon to begin we shall be meeting officers of the union and then arranging to meet members of parliament and discuss in detail our concerns with this bill then we shall petition parliament at the right time and explain in detail the problems “clause 19” creates for working taxi-cab drivers and the general public. It was heart warming yesterday to speak to members of the public who actually support our cause in fact one lady was a tour guide (blue badge) she totally agreed with our position I asked her if she was in a union and I asked her to contact them and get her union to lobby against the bill turns out she was a member of Unite so let’s hope her branch of this union wakes up to this problem.

What though can you do if you are a working taxi-cab driver well the answer is simple join the only trade union and organisation that is prepared to stand up for you, others claim victories whilst some just follow but we in the RMT take the lead and get the job done. The problems we face in our trade will take time to solve but the quicker we grow the stronger we come. With active branch meetings that encourage debate you know you can have your say and seek the support of your colleagues and the wider union. It is time for all London taxi-cab drivers to join the RMT specialist transport union and make a stand for the rights that you have earned www.rmt.org.uk .

Say NO to 19, that’s a clause contained within the “London Local Authority and Transport for London (no.2) Bill, if you happen to pick up an MP or even a Peer tell them to just say “NO to 19”…!

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