Monday, May 16, 2016

Leon Daniels Calls Urgent Meeting With Taxi Trade Orgs.

We have received information, from an extremely reliable source, that Leon Daniels is calling to be allowed to attend meeting with all trade orgs, when they meet the new mayor later this week! 

Our source states all trade orgs, but what they actually mean is, only those trade orgs whom TfL allow to sit at their table. 
The UCG, RMT, HADTU, and the LSTC Suburban Drivers Coalition, of course are excluded. 

There has been a wealth of information made public which appears to have put Managing Director Leon Daniels' future with TfL in a precarious position. 
We applaud the LCDC for publishing the Ubergate Emails. 
The fact that Daniels has asked to attend the meeting looks to all intent and purpose to be an eleventh hour bid to pour calming oil on the troubled waters. 

Let's hope that if this meeting goes ahead, those attending will insist that minutes of this meeting and any future meeting with TfL be made available to the whole trade, soon after the meeting. 

Drivers from all orgs and unions are calling for the current unfair exclusions, to be dropped as soon as possible by new Mayor Sadiq Khan. For too long, TfL officials have been able to choose which factions of the trade they meet, with more militant groups left out in the cold. 

Inclusion to the Cabbies Cabinet has been used as a bargaining tool and held over the heads of the United trade group members for too long. This fact alone, seemingly gives TfL the edge at face to face, in camera consultations.

Breaking News:
It's now been confirmed that the meeting between the trade and the new Mayor has been scheduled for Wednesday. More news as we get it.

News just in:

We've been told that the Taxi trade's meeting with Sadiq Khan and Mike Brown was initiated by TfL. Apparently, invitations went out three weeks ago.

A year and a half ago, the GLA published the Future Proof Report.
Recommendation 18 stated:
By March 2015, TfL should revise its driver engagement activity to ensure that it is as widely representative as possible, and improve the transparency of taxi and private hire policy and decision making processes by routinely publishing the minutes of meetings with the trades.

This was posted today on the London Taxi Drivers Forum, by the Vice chair of the UCG. 
"A request for an invitation was submitted to the Transport Commissioner last week by myself on behalf of the UCG, detailing the reasons why more transparency is needed in these meetings and that favouritism does little to instil confidence in the majority of taxi drivers who are not members of the orgs currently invited."

No reply as yet.......


Anonymous said...

If Leon Daniels has any respect for the office he presently holds, he should take this opportunity to fall on his sword today and resign.

Tony Casey said...

The trade should refuse to meet with this man until he has been fully investigated for his conduct in public office..HE SHOULD BE SUSPENDED UNTIL THEN...

Anonymous said...

The RMT have been omitted from this meeting too, I'm informed.

Brian said...

I would be judging this individual by his actions, any words he has now are empty and shallow.
We need a new relationship with the new Mayor.
We need no relationship at all with Daniels.
I would not be going to this meeting.

Super Bob said...

The meeting will go something like this:
Leon: You are Luddites. I have done nothing wrong, it's not a meter, and it's what the public want. Now if you would excuse me, I have an important meeting in a backstreet cafe with my mate Jo. PA, please book me a Taxi 10 minutes in advance.
PA: No need to book a Taxi Sir, there's plenty of empty Taxi's with no passengers sitting in the gridlock just outside. You just hail them by putting your hand out.
Leon: Put my hand out? That's no advance in technology! Book me an Uber instead!
PA: You CAN'T book an Uber Sir, you just hail in the street them by putting your hand out while holding your phone. There's even more of them sitting in the gridlock outside than Taxi's.
Leon: I'll do that. I like short term immediate booking. its a term I made up...

colin said...

Probably to tell the trade what date the Hackney trade finishes & because Tfl are so caring give us enough time to make other arrangements,let's face it silent bob has gone along with this so far??

Anonymous said...

Just remember karn has the publics interest at heart and the public want cheep I would not trust any of the orgs how can Leon call a meeting of the trade when u only have around 1.500 members of the LTDA. And the cross dressers club has barley 400 yes Leon is on the verge of a nervous breakdown lol think I'm kidding I'm not the ones who started this shit are long gone all down to you now Leon should not of been so greedy

Andy said...

If the RMT are excluded the full weight of the main RMT Union should come down on ltph, and of course that won't happen. That's the reason I left. The RMT are useless unless we all join, and we won't of course.

Dizzy Disgruntled said...

If the UCG and RMT are excluded from this meeting then it is nothing more than the usual farce which we have seen bring the taxi trade to its knees.

The United Trade Group run by LTDA, LCDC and Unite are culpable in our demise and if they think they can scurry off without blame then they are sadly mistaken.

That have sat there for years letting Shyster Daniels get away with it and they are 100% complicit!

Treacherous Bastards!

Luddite my arse said...

Agree, always thought the main RMT left the Taxi branch to fight alone.

Paul said...

All the drivers who continue to passively pay their monthly subscription without holding their org to account are equally culpable,& I include myself in that.Wake up before it's too late.I have.