Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Simple Solution-IMMEDIATE DIRECT ACTION.... By Dave Davies.


I am going to keep this short and simple.

There has been some positive activity recently by taxi trade organisations, mainly as a direct response to challenge Uber.

However the problem is not Uber

The problem is clear and simple to anyone who takes the time to analyse the facts.

 

The problem is unarguable CORRUPTION.

 

Most people who are corrupt do not wear a sign around their neck saying ’ I’m corrupt’

When challenged they do not readily admit ‘I’m corrupt’.

 

The facts are clear with the Uber situation. Uber are backed by multi national multi billion dollar companies. They have power that most people are unaware of.

 

Cameron told Johnson not to challenge Uber; the connection was clear by the fact that CEO of Uber was godparent to Cameron’s child.

That is corruption.

 

There are laws already in place that Uber does not comply with and those laws have not been enforced.

The reason that they have not been enforced is because of corruption. It’s that simple.

Engaging in lengthy political process to clarify definition of the laws that already exist and are not enforced by a corrupt TFL  or to adapt those laws to stop improper activity by Uber is pointless.

 

Even if achieves its objectives this activity is futile. By the time it has done anything it will be too late.

Every week that goes by there are hundreds of new Uber drivers and hundreds of new Private Hire Licenses issued by TFL

 

This situation is not easily reversible; TFL are not going to suddenly revoke those tens of thousands of Private Hire licences and Uber are not going to suddenly sack their drivers.

Even if Uber is later shut down there will be another illegal app which the thousands of Uber drivers will switch to and then it will take months to shut that down

It is a one way process and every single day that passes the situation will become worse.          

 

Tom Watson himself said the Parliamentary process is very slow and they are now in recess for 2 months.
The GLA published the Woefully Inadequate report in November last year and nothing has happened because they have no power to take action.

 

The SIMPLE SOLUTION AND THE ONLY WAY TO STOP IT IS IMMEDIATE DIRECT ACTION. Anything else is pointless.



ALL of the issues that affect London TAXI Drivers have been caused by corruption, whether it’s Uber , the Taxi Age Limit (unarguable documented evidence of corruption), the exclusive money making position of certain trade orgs who do nothing to represent their members or complete lack of enforcement of Private Hire regulation.

The corruption needs to be exposed and it needs to happen NOW.

The GLA and Parliamentary Committees will spend months deliberating and then have no mechanism for resolving the issues.

 

There needs to be URGENT DIRECT ACTION EVERY DAY UNTIL THE UTTER CORRUPTION OF BORIS JOHNSON AND TFL IS EXPOSED BY THE MEDIA AND URGENT ACTION TAKEN TO STOP IT.



THE TAXI TRADE WILL CONTIUE TO DECLINE ON A DAILY BASIS UNTIL A PROPER AND FAIR SYSTEM OF MANAGEMENT IS IN PLACE.


IF THIS WAS HAPPENING IN FRANCE THEY WOULD TAKE DIRECT ACTION AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE FORCED TO MAKE IMMEDIATE CHANGES.


LONDON TAXI DRIVERS NEED TO DO THE SAME EVERY SINGLE DAY AND THEY NEED TO DO IT NOW!





8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Totally agree we need to keep momentum going , we should have more demo's we cannot afford to wait for another 2 months by then there will be another 2500 private hire drivers on the street . We need to stand together now and get this scum uber off the road, perhaps a demo on every bridge from vauxhall to tower bridges but we need every cab driver to take part not just half of us . We can't afford to wait for the GLA or the MP to sort TFL out . The longer we leave it the harder it will be .

simon rush said...

Good article but you should mention the GMB Professional Drivers who agree with you ,We have stood with you at your demos spoken out in Parliament committee rooms a speech with Tom Watson .The old professional private hire trade is as worried as you, See our response to the private hire consultation via GMB Professional Drivers G56

Anonymous said...

If you need confirmation of the problem this LCDC tweet says it all

The LCDC ‏@The_LCDC 23m23 minutes ago
Just had it confirmed; Tfl licensed 1,914 PH drivers in 3 weeks;
How is this physically possible?

Anonymous said...

He's right we shouldn't have stopped the demos. Tom Watson - nice bloke good intentions but we haven't got time to sit about waiting for an ineffectual cumbersome lame parliamentary process. When Tom approached UCG we should have said ""Well Tom the quicker you get on with it, the sooner the demos will stop". I feel like we've been sold out at a time we were gaining public support and momentum. Had 3 guys in the back of my cab last night very anti UBER because there is a tide of change out there - the people are sick of multi nationals turning up in any country screwing everybody and giving nothing back. The people would like see UBER smashed.

Anonymous said...

Uber isn't a phenomenon, its a parasite called AMERICAN GREED!

1. Amazon
Online retailer Amazon was accused of using Luxembourg as a location to dramatically reduce their tax obligations in the UK. It was found that the company paid just £1.8m in corporation tax in 2011, despite its £3.35bn UK sales. The company justified these figures claiming they only made seventy four million pounds in profit.

2. Starbucks
Coffee giant Starbucks did not pay any UK corporation tax in 2011, despite making £380m that year. They claimed they had been making a loss fourteen out of the fifteen years’ operating in the UK, however investigations suggested that this information was inconsistent with their accounts and certainly wasn’t what they had been telling their shareholders. After a public boycott and discussions with HMRC, Starbucks agreed to pay £20m in corporation tax over the next two years.

3. Facebook
Social media company Facebook were found not to have paid any UK corporation tax in the 2012 fiscal year, despite its UK operation reporting a 70 per cent increase in income from the previous year. Figures show Facebook only paid £1m in UK corporation tax since 2007, despite making half a billion pounds in revenue in Britain. Of course the press spokesman claimed that the company pays all the taxes required by UK law.

4. Google
There was public outrage after it was found that Google had only paid £6m in UK corporation tax in 2011, despite raking in annual profit levels of £2.5bn in Britain. Google’s chairman defended the company before the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee claiming that the company was fully complying with the law.

5. Apple
In the US a Senate committee accused Apple of using a complex web of offshore entities to avoid paying billions of dollars in US income tax. Although Apple claims to be one of the largest tax payers in the US having paid six billion dollars in corporate income tax during 2012 fiscal year, due to the size of the company, many also argue it could easily be one of the biggest tax avoiders too. Apple was found to have only paid a corporation tax rate of 1.9 per cent outside North America.

6. eBay
Online trading giant eBay have also been accused of avoiding paying corporation tax in the UK and Germany. It was found that eBay paid just little over $1m in tax, despite their sales of over £800m in the UK.

Unfortunately, some of the world’s largest companies have found to be abusing the system by using tax havens, loopholes and schemes to legally avoid paying UK corporation tax. Despite these being legal loopholes, it is still morally wrong and charity Action Aid, along with many other organisations have called for the Government to make changes to stop these companies from getting away with their acts.

Sean Day said...

Wholeheartedly agree. I was inspired by what Tom, Val, and, Sadiq had to say at the the recent open RMT meeting, but as one audience member pointed out, we were only being told what we already know, albeit in a fairly affirmative way. Whilst it sounded good, I couldn't help but think that the whole decrepit parliamentary system itself needs radically overhauling. The whole institute needs to adapt to deal with the supersonic pace of technological venture change. Pertinently, the technology that's being used is not innovative, no one is inventing anything, it is already available, waiting, costing nothing. Kids are on the starting blocks, ready, steady, go!

Believe me, we are a joke! We can't even decide on an app or formulate a cohesion where a consensus can be made, on something, anything! I'm at the point where I do not care what is done as long as something is done. But I find myself equally as stagnated, no longer knowing what's true, and who to trust. Like others, I have ideas, but I'm not a strategist. I have my strengths s d weaknesses, if you're a strategist and you can identify my strengths, then capitalise on them. I'm willing to be the catalyst for any idea the shifts us out of this interminable abyss. I'm not alone either, there are others just waiting. We actually know the solution, but we cannot go from A through to C without passing B. And B is on the infinite scenic route from hell.

Silicone Valley have been to Jupiter and back before our stuffy old bureaucrats have decided whether to have stuffed duck or toad in the hole for a starter. Ask yourselves this, since you joined Twitter, despite all the assurances and posturing, has there been one single policy enacted upon or one single decision implemented that is benefitting us on a practical level? Has anything been set in place that has enhanced our day to day livelihoods? The answer is an unequivocal NO! This is a serious organisational issue, where those who aren't against us- despite their good intentions- are lodged in a system that is of no tangible benefit to us whatsoever. Six months ago I said we are afforded a small, time limited, window of opportunity. We are almost done and dusted. How much more time do we have? It's not the 'forever' at the end of the Lord's prayer that bothers me, it's the 'and ever' bit that concerns me the most.

Dizzy said...

Great post Sean.

I too am struggling to find one thing that has ever gone in our favour since the bus wankers took control.

They have done nothing but take the piss out of us and lead us to the edge of extinction.

This weekend so far has been a disaster for the trade. Friday night was like a Monday night with orange lights everywhere. We've virtually lost this trade and its not coming back, certainly at Heathrow. Thats another 7500 tag holders in town, added to the 000s who are out working longer to pay for the cab they were forced to buy.

I'm sick of listening to the lies and bullshut spouted by Boris, Daniels, Emmerson et al whilst my bills are mounting up.

We need to go straight to Downing Street and cause the biggest load of shit they've ever seen.

Then block every bridge during rush hour...Then block every bus garage...Then block the North Circular...then the M25!

Never mind public opinion, our licenses they aint worth shit anymore, we need action !

And we need it now!

I think the Wags demo outside Windsor Hse should then march to Downing St and give it to that Shyster Cameron!

Kick the lot up in the air cos as it stands...WE'VE LOST!!!

Anonymous said...

We need direct action, but to do it in August when every decision maker is out of town is pointless. My opinion is as soon as parliament resits, we should blockade parliament every Wed when there is a PMQs from 11-1. This would make it difficult for MPs to get in before it, and out afterwards.It is the government that is directing TFL in all of this, so it should be them that are affected by our demos. Blockading bridges, airports etc affects the travelling public which gives politicians, TFL etc ammunition to beat us over the head with. Once it is inconveniencing them it will bring the whole issue to the forefront of politics, rather then the 2 or 3 that were in the chamber when it was raised before