ITF press release
Unite the Union’s London cab section and the LTDA (Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association) took part in protest action outside City Hall between 10-11am on 8 October.
Representatives from the ITF also participated. The main focus of the action was to protest unregulated competition in London and to highlight the Mayor of London’s lack of enforcement of existing taxi and private hire regulations, including allowing the Uber app – which undermines existing regulations – to be licensed as a private hire operator. Uber’s fare system is currently being challenged in the court. Labour member of the GLA (Greater London Authority) and Vice-Chair of the Transport Committee, Val Shawcross came out to attend the protest. At 11am, a delegation from Unite and the ITF met with Val Shawcross and several other members of the GLA and stressed that Uber needs to be suspended in London like in some other cities globally. This action follows previous protest action in London in September and June 2014.