There are many driver representative groups within our trade, some have been around for many years and others are quite new and young. All of these group boast varying numbers of members and all purport to being doing their bit for the trade in one way or another, some are more militant than others and some prefer to take the more passive approach of trying to engage in talks with the Authorities rather than taking direct action in the form of Demonstrations or drive Ins. Taxi drivers join these groups for a number of reasons of which the main one is legal representation of which all of the groups offer a very good service to their members. Over the past year certain nearly all groups have come in for criticism of one sort or another and all have engaged in some sort of back stabbing or infighting.
The thing with all of these driver groups is that those who make up their committee’s or who are officers of the group all seem to have the trades best interests at heart in their own way, they all seem to care and serve their members well and yet they cannot seem to agree with each other which is quite worrying.
Imagine the power that this trade could demand if all of our drivers groups could get together and agree on certain issues affecting our trade, even if they cant agree on everything surely they can agree on main points as the problems affecting us all as working Taxi drivers are the same. Every driver that I speak to seems to moan about the same things so one can assume that they also moan to their driver representative group about the same issues so it must follow that they all groups are basically fighting for the same things. Why then is it impossible to get all groups together around a table so that we as drivers can have true representation with the authorities.
The saying divide and rule is never more prevalent than it is in our trade at present and the sooner that all of our driver groups realise this the better it would be for our trade. Now I am not suggesting that our groups should merge or amalgamate but we really do need for them all to get around a table and come to an agreement on common issues that affect us all, these issues could then be presented to TfL from one voice for the trade.