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Demos & Protests

Demonstration outside the Palestra building

Wednesday the 25th of May there will be a  demonstration by the RMT London taxi branch,outside Palestra House 197 Blackfriars Rd,from midday to 14:00


Palestra house is where London taxi and Private hire are Licensed from.

This is where John Mason, head of T/PH has his office inside TFL’s office block, and this is why the RMT  will be demonstrating outside there on Wednesday.

The RMT London Taxi Branch, would therefore like to invite every Taxi driver irrespective of political belief to attend Palestra Building on Wednesday 25th May 2011 at mid day till 2 pm.

LTDA, LCDC, Unite, RMT, UCG and unaffiliated, all are welcome to come along.

The RMT have also invited,  the Suzy Lamplugh trust,Crisis rape England and Wales, the TUC Womens officer and RMT’s womens officer.

The BBC and Chanel 4 have also been informed.

What this demo is about:
RECENT FIGURES RELEASED BY TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) SHOW THAT SINCE THE YEAR 2008 THERE HAS BEEN A 54% INCREASE IN SEXUAL ASSAULTS AND RAPE CARRIED OUT BY LICENSED AND UNLICENSED MINICAB DRIVERS.

MEMBERS OF THE RMT LONDON TAXI BRANCH BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF A LACK OF ENFORCEMENT UNDERTAKEN BY THE BODY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LICENSING OF THESE VEHICLES – TRANSPORT FOR LONDON.

THE TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER, PETER HENDY, WHEN ASKED OUTSIDE HIS OFFICE BY MEMBERS OF THE RMT TO COMMENT ON THIS HUGE INCREASE SAID,

“There are people trying to work in this building. You are nothing but a bunch of selfish arrogant fools. Now go away”.

TfL ARE SHOWING A CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR THE SAFETY OF WOMEN AT NIGHT AND THESE KINDS OF REMARKS ARE NOT HELPFUL. THIS HUGE INCREASE IN ASSAULTS EQUATES TO ABOUT 10 PER MONTH.

LICENSED TAXI DRIVERS STATE THAT THIS SITUATION IS WHOLLY UNACCEPTABLE AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, UNAVOIDABLE.

LONDON TAXI DRIVERS ARE THE SAFEST AND THE BEST IN THE WORLD AND BELIEVE THAT THE SITUATION IS SO SERIOUS THAT THEY MUST ACT TO CONVINCE THOSE RESPONSIBLE TO VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE THE LAW.

THE APPALLING RISE IN THE NUMBER OF ATTACKS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE FAILURE OF THE AUTHORITIES TO CONTROL THE ILLEGAL RANKING OF MINICABS (PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES) OUTSIDE NIGHT VENUES ALL OVER LONDON OR AT LOCATIONS WHICH ARE THE LEGITIMATE STANDINGS FOR REGULAR TAXIS THEREBY NOT GIVING THE PUBLIC THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE TAXIS.

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

•    40 % OF VICTIMS ATTACKED AND ASSAULTED BY THESE MINICAB DRIVERS ACTING ILLEGALY ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18
•    80 % OF WOMEN DO NOT REPORT AN ATTACK IMMEDIATELY
•    60% OF WOMEN NEVER REPORT ATTACKS
•    VICTIMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER DRUG ABUSE AFTER ATTACKS.

THE RMT LONDON TAXI BRANCH HAS APPROACHED THE TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER AND THE DIRECTOR OF TAXIS AND PRIVATE HIRE SEVERAL TIMES ON THIS ISSUE AND THEY HAVE REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO ENGAGE WITH THE RMT TO ENSURE THAT THE LAW IS VIGOUROUSLY ENFORCED TO REMOVE THIS THREAT FROM THE STREETS OF LONDON.

THE RMT LONDON TAXI BRANCH WILL MEET THE AUTHORITIES AT ANY TIME TO SUGGEST WAYS THAT WILL ELIMINATE THE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OF MINICAB DRIVERS.

THIS CAPITAL CITY IS UNSAFE FOR WOMEN AT NIGHT TRAVELLING ALONE WHO RESORT TO MINICABS WHICH THEY PICK UP OUTSIDE NIGHT VENUES.

WE SAY “ENFORCE THE LAW AND MAKE THIS CITY SAFE FROM RAPISTS POSING AS MINICAB DRIVERS”.

BE SAFE, BE SURE, ALWAYS use A LICENSED TAXI.

The RMT never on our knees.

E MAIL: londontaxi@rmt.org.uk

Video taken by kind permission of TheAndersonShelter

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