Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A week before 10th anniversary of London 7/7 terror attacks RMT warns of "dangerous complacency" over cuts
A week before the 10th anniversary of the London 7/7 terror attacks, the RMT has warned of "dangerous complacency" on the part of tube bosses who appear to make no connection at all between incident response times and staffing numbers on stations and platforms.
The union is also pointing out that those London Underground staff who were hailed as heroes ten years ago, as they risked their own lives to evacuate stations and get help to the wounded, are the very same staff who now see their futures and livelihoods on the line and who are being forced to reapply for their own jobs as nearly 900 station staff posts face the axe through cash-led cuts.
In the ten years since the 7/7 attacks tube passenger numbers have soared and overcrowding is rife across the network, compromising rapid response times and making a nonsense of the on-going cuts to station and platform staffing.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“As we prepare to mark the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 attacks next week, RMT is reminding the travelling public that security goes hand in hand with having adequate numbers of safety-critical staff and it is frankly appalling that those same station and platform staff who were hailed as heroes on that horrific day are having their numbers slashed.
“It appears from their statements that London Underground’s senior managers and the Mayor himself, make no connection at all between incident response times and staff numbers. That is a dangerously complacent position to adopt and flies in the face of the facts.
“The bravery of the fire fighters, ambulance staff and other public servants, working alongside our members on the day of the 7/7 bombings, must never be forgotten. Every single last one of them is a hero and they shouldn’t be facing these constant threats to their livelihoods, and the services that they provide, a decade on.”
In the same vein, as we approach the anniversary of the 7/7 bombings TfL compliance teams along with cab enforcement seem to make no connection between the attempted car bombing attacks on Tiger Tiger and Cockspur Street, with the lines of illegally ranked minicabs parked outside London's night venues.
Operation neon is a toothless dog!
A ticket on a car bomb parked on a Taxi rank will not stop it exploding. Enforcement needs to be total. Cars illegally park on ranks should be removed.
While every emergency service has been told to be more vigilant, it seems TfL compliance has become more complacent.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Uber's director general, Thibaud Simphal, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore Coty, director for Western Europe, were both held for interrogation by police on Monday. Authorities said that they were being questioned over "illicit activity".
Bernard Cazeneuve, France's miniser of the interior, has said that Uber's service is "illegal" and has ordered police to keep it off the roads.
The arrests follow a raid on Uber's Paris offices in March, during which police took computers, mobile phones and documents.
Uber has faced rising anger in several countries, particularly in France where a taxi strike last week turned violent as drivers set fire to vehicles and blocked highways, creating a headache for thousands of tourists.
In March a raid on Uber's Paris offices as part of the investigation saw police seize cellphones, computers and documents.
UberPOP has been illegal in France since January, but the law has proved difficult to enforce and it continues to operate.
On at least two occasions in Strasbourg in eastern France last week, taxi drivers posed as customers in order to lure Uber drivers to isolated spots where they were assaulted by cabbies and their vehicles damaged.
Licensed cabbies say Uber is endangering their jobs by flooding the market with low-cost drivers.
San Francisco-based Uber, which offers several types of ride-sharing services, claims to have 400,000 users of its low-cost UberPOP service in France.
Uber has become one of the world's most valuable startups, worth an estimated $50 billion, as it has expanded to more than 50 countries.
But it has faced regulatory hurdles and protests from established taxi operators in most locations where it has launched as it moved from chauffeur service to more informal car-sharing.
Uber has been hit with court injunctions in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and France, and has faced protests from taxi firms in numerous major European cities, including London and Brussels.
In France its UberPOP drivers do not pay social charges, do not need to undergo the 250 hours of training mandatory for French cabbies and do not require the same insurance as taxis.
The French investigation is also targeting Uber for allegedly keeping private data for longer than is allowed under a 1978 information law.
Uber has contested the probe and has filed complaints with the EU against France, Germany and Spain for trying to shut it down.
Hungary became the latest country to crack down on ride-booking app Uber, with the government confirming Friday that only licensed taxi drivers would be able to use the service from 2018.
The taxi strike in France last week saw some 3,000 cabbies block access to the capital's Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports.
Ten people were arrested, seven police officers were injured and 70 vehicles were damaged in clashes between Uber drivers and taxi drivers.
US rocker Courtney Love was caught up in the chaos and tweeted that protesters "ambushed" her vehicle and "were holding our driver hostage".
The widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain condemned "unacceptable violence in a democracy, in a country like France" and said she would be "safer in Baghdad."
Come and show your displeasure at the way LTPH have virtually destroyed this trade.
Be there and tell everyone you know too.
For the first time ever this demo will be supported by All the taxi trade orgs.
It's gonna be big. It must be big. It needs to be big!
It needs every single one of us to attend and get this destruction of our trade STOPPED!
Also please be aware that most of the TfL/LTPH senior managers have moved to 230 Blackfriars Rd, which is a few hundred yards up on the same side. Don't forget to let them know you're there!
The posters and banners are made, the drums & horns are ready...Lets give it to them!
See you there...