If ever anyone ever needed proof, that the engagement policy is now dead in the water, just have a listen to Grant Davis on the Eddie Nester show yesterday evening on BBC Radio London Drive Time.
Nestor asked: "Why dont you believe them?"
Grant Replied: "Because I've dealt with TfL and what they say and what they do is two different things. They come on your show and tell everyone, the public on the radio, that everything is going to be fine and dandy. But you read the small print, it never ends up like that Eddie. But then it's far too late down the road. We're just finding that out in the Cab Trade now."
By "We're" we assume Grant means the UCG.
Well, better late than never I suppose.
This is something the RMT, UCG, The Anderson Shelter and Taxi Leaks have been shouting about for over four years. Unfortunately it fell on the death ears of the UTG.
No surprises really.
It stands to reason that after getting exactly what they wanted from the United Trade Group leading up to the Olympics (because let's face it, that's what it was all about) and now the honours and bonuses have been dished out, LTPH has now been dismantled and replaced by the Surface Integration Program (SIP).
The door to constructive engagement has been firmly slammed shut to the trade and there is no one left to engage with.
The elletist group formally known as the UTG are now out in the cold with all other trade orgs.
AND THEY DONT LIKE IT.
But has someone still got a crafty foot in the door?
Not one word about SIP from the LTDA.
Surely this was discussed at TfL board level?
What is it they say: He who lays down with dogs, gets up with fleas!
Below, the letter sent to Peter Hendy by The LCDC, almost begging to be let back around the folding table.