Another ‘Kipper’ season has been and thankfully nearly gone and we hope you have all managed to earn a crust.
Like many of you, the elected officers of the branch have been struggling to earn a full income over this period, although life for us off the road has been manic, leaving us barely enough time to draw breath.
GMB LONDON MAYOR
The July GMB Branch meeting saw Labour’s David Lammy questioned about his intentions if he were to be nominated as Labour’s candidate for London Mayor. David answered eloquently, outlining the necessity to promote the growth of social housing and a need for affordable higher education for all.
We attended a committee room in the Houses of Parliament with other industry figures, having being invited by the RMT Taxi, to push for a clear definition in law pertaining to the meaning of plying for hire – an issue that has been raised on numerous ocassions previously and is of upmost importance to professional private hire drivers.
Working with other organisations is of vital importance and is something we have achieved in the last year. This is vital in tackling issues pertinent to the trade, as finding common ground gives us strength in numbers and aids negotiations with numerous organisations, helping us achieve better deals, conditions and unltimately income for the majority of those in the road passenger transport profession.
It is also encouraging to see more operators beginning to approach to us. Granted it’s not quite with open arms yet, but at least they are willing to listen to what we are telling them on behalf of our driver members who drive on their circuits.
MORE GMB MEMBERS
We are delighted that we have started to see the fruits of our labour finally harvesting. One of my promises after been voted in as GMB Branch President was to increase our membership and we are achieving this through regular recruitment open days.
Currently, discussions are in progress over how we can run a surgery, very much like MPs do, on a local level. The idea being that GMB members can approach us with their questions and worries, and non-members can discuss the possibility of joining.
National Press coverage is a great tool in gaining wider recognition and support for our causes and concerns. To this end, you may have seen our branch secretary on various news channels discussing one very important issue, Uber.
The concerns raised about this app company are such that we are engaging lawyers to fight for members’ working conditions and rights to a decent living wage, and also seeking clarity on reasons for so called deactivation. Our action is ongoing and mirrors worldwide activity where drivers have had enough of broken promises and the constant moving of goal posts without consultation.
After meeting with GMB members working on the Uber platform a five point plan addressing the following issues has been devised…
- Fairer working conditions
- Fairer fares
- Safety first
- Security for all
- Fairer regulation