Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Statement From The Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) ..... Back To Industrial Action 1st March, 16:30-18:30



                  RETURN TO DIRECT ACTION! 
The City of London and corrupt TfL leave us no choice. 
We're not standing-by and watching the death of our trade, by starvation!
                  
                  ITA STATEMENT OF INTENT

In response to the City of London’s inability to lift the proposed restrictions on Licensed taxis entering Bank Junction, it is with regret-but nonetheless valour- that ITA calls industrial action. 

To be clear, this is not a demonstrable attempt to highlight the trade’s insurmountable grievances against its regulator, but a systematic and principled protest against covert politics that are intended to destabilise and weaken the licensed taxi trade. 

It is worth noting, that the licensed taxi trade is a self sufficient industry and does not rely in any way on privileges from the state. 

The City of London were genuinely sympathetic to the trade’s cause and were generous enough to meet with representatives of the ITA and the RMT to discuss concerns, but were told,  in no uncertain terms, that the meeting did not constitute a negotiation. 

The overwhelming sentiment taken from the meeting regarding Bank Junction was TFL’s involvement would override any appeal made by the licensed taxi trade.  

To be clear the City of London have obliged TfL's requirements on the back of unverified statistical evidence that has TfL's fingerprints all over it.

It is true also that an alternate decision would entail a lengthy bureaucratic process to be determined by numerous departments. Those representing the Corporation were told about the automatic decision to resume industrial action if the restrictions were not lifted.

Make no mistake, the City of London have obliged TfL’s requirements on the back of inconsistent, unverifiable, evidence. Much of the data that the City was in possession of was not credible, did not tally, and quite frankly had TfL’s finger prints all over it. The ITA cannot in any way consider it as anything other than a malicious attempt to further undermine the taxi trade, and enhance TfL’s  monopolisation of transport 

We believe the industrial action proposed is a fair and measured response, confirming that the argument is firmly with TfL and not the City of London. The decision to proceed, lies at the  heart of the Square Mile. As always, the option for further talks is on the table, hence why we have called for the action to start at the beginning of March, but we will not be appeased.

Industrial Action will commence on Wednesday 1st March 2017, and the ITA demand is clear and unequivocal;

LIFT THE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON LICENSED TAXIS AT BANK JUNCTION. 

The ITA view the decision as a further impediment on our democratic right to earn our living, engineered by TFL. The taxi trade have shown that behaving impeccably, and meeting ALL of TfL’s additional licensing requirements does not achieve anything, in fact,  obliging the TFL has, if anything, facilitated the time for the most damage to be inflicted. 

We will not stand by and accept a situation where our own regulator surreptitiously engineers us towards bankruptcy. If we lose the City- which is indelibly linked to a taxi drivers heart- we lose our livelihoods anyway. One thing the taxi trade cannot do, is lose the City under the premise of being unsafe, whilst buses are perceived to be safe, yet have the poorest safety record.  That in itself, constitutes a public health risk

This is a fight for survival! 

EXTRA COMMENT :
We will be organised even though we are not an organisation. This is a war against TfL's attempts to kill us off. The City of London have decided the battlefield will be on their doorstep.

This is a mixed lanyard coalition of drivers who will stick up for themselves, if no one else will.

When this battle starts, we must remember those who said and did nothing!

#StopTheBuses
#DriverFedDriverLed 

Prepare for a long drawn out fight!
It's been alleged that the last weeklong protest cost over £1m to police. Just imagine, that's £64m over the 18 months experiment.

8 comments:

Bob123 said...

Well said gents ,
Bring it on

martyn oakley said...

was around the bank junction today you guys don't need to blockade it the large amount of road closures due to construction work the traffic wasn't moving anyway

Anonymous said...

Not surprised at all. I am dissapointed though that action will not take place until 1st March. Every time there is meeting weeks are wasted, which add up to months that are lost. Does nobody realise this is playing in to the hands of tfl etc? We need to get ahead of them, not keep reacting afterwards.

Anonymous said...

Goldman Sachs are the real enemy check them out..
There uber backers and have bought T F L.
There are the world worsed preditor bank.
There days are numbered people all over the planet are finally waking up.
Do some homework

steve bingham said...

I hope the trade sticks together and NOT leave it to the few to highlight the BC plight against a corrupt TFL.

lee ward said...

I wish you guys well in the fight that you have, if its not this junction then it will be another, this road is going to be a long one.

I would like to see these stats that have been used for this ban, if anyone has them or a link to them then please email it to me at ward.lee1969@gmail.com

Good luck, be strong, and keep at it, we cant take a step back, or this trade is done for.

Respect to you all

Ain't Avinit said...

When the battle begins, that's when the trade orgs will lose there members.

The olden said...

Although possibly good intentioned,the various trade organisations give the impression of individualism with their own doctrines,agendas and solutions.Infighting,bickering and jostling for power only serves to reinforce those who think that they control our destiny that we,are disorganised,fragmented and disaffected. Increasenly the ITA are emerging as the militant and vociferous faction in our trade. They realise the serious and precarious situation the trade finds itself in.We can all understand the retinance of some drivers to engage in meaningful action,laden with debt mortgages,cab ect.Like the rest of us surely they must now, realise that if the present annihilation of our nobel profession is allowed to continue we won't be on half wages but on no wages. All of us owe it to those who have followed us,the new drivers,butter boys and knowledge boys to preserve this historic trade.Let's make sure that we leave a legacy that decent working people can engage in,a worthwhile, respectable and professional occupation. We need to show our compleat support for the ITA. And make this period of action historic and relevant