Tuesday, April 18, 2017

---1851, The Great Exhibition ---- 2017, The World Turned Upside Down? By I'm Spartacus


So let's cast our minds back to the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851, imagine the millennium dome (but successful) times ten with millions and millions of visitors, anyhow some (they are always with us!) unscrupulous operators took advantage of passengers and charged double or treble the usual fares.

Nowadays that chicanery is all done electronically by others!

Anyhow the authorities decided to introduce a fare chart which became the meter to mandate the fare based on the running costs and a fair return for the driver and the horse of course.

THE METER IS THERE TO PROTECT THE PASSENGER AND SECONDLY THE VIABILITY OF THE INDUSTRY.

Now as fools join the race to the bottom against others who subsidise fares as the rider only pays 41% of the true cost, why is this done, they're not a charity?

It is of course to exterminate the competition aided and abetted by morally (but not financially) bankrupt politicIans who favour offshore predators against the interests of their own citizens!

This is a scandal that should make any right thinking person sick to the pit of their stomach, let's hope those involved are shown for what they are, it's not about 'technology' it's about greed, tax avoidance and immorality, nothing new under the sun there!

Anyhow, now we have so called supporters of the cab trade offering fixed fares below any kind of economic return, it can only end one way as we engage in a Dutch Auction, you can bet these 'supporters' won't have their income cut.

One Taxi Trade union has taken a stand and its members voted unanimously to boycott these fares, I urge you to do the same.

Ask your org to set aside any shilling your organisation takes in advertising, it ain't worth it. Don't act like the politicians we condemn please?

EITHER YOU DEFEND YOUR TRADE OR YOU BECOME A COMMODITY TO BE SOLD TO THE  LOWEST BIDDER.

          THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM 

Last week's C4 inspirational documentary of The Knowledge should remind us of what we have and what we have to defend.

STAND STRONG.

I'm Spartacus



          Statement from the RMT.

                GETT POLICY

RMT London Taxi Branch fully rejects the pernicious predatory pricing model launched by Gett.

RMT interpret fixed prices such as £40.00 from Kensington to Terminal 5 and £8.00 from Fulham to Hyde Park as nothing more than a cynical structure that serves to accelerate a race to the bottom!

RMT were instrumental in rejecting the Systra proposals that would have seen a marked reduction on the Tariff. As a result the union therefore rejects an attempt by Gett to offer work that is markedly below the Metered Rate, which will only have the effect of pushing prices down on other available Apps in order to compete.

Further, RMT believe that private companies have no place in future Tariff negotiations.