CAB drivers will try to bring London to a standstill tomorrow in a day of action against the planned deregulation of the industry.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London have imposed a series of “improper and unlawful decisions” on the taxi trade, including allowing more unregulated cabs and ending criminal record and vehicle checks on drivers.
The new policies are a “hammer blow to the taxi and private-hire industry,” said GMB professional drivers’ branch president Steve Garelick.
Transport unions RMT and Unite will also support the cabbies’ action.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said the profiteering attack from Mr Johnson and his friends in wealthy global corporations was “nothing short of a scandal.
The demonstration will start at Trafalgar Square from 2pm after London Assembly mayoral questions on the issue at 10am.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.