GMB calls for enquiry into Tory links with Uber
Reports in yesterday’s Daily Mail suggest David Cameron and George Osborne in 2015 sent angry text messages to then Mayor of London Boris Johnson after he suggested regulating the controversial taxi firm.
The union says if the report is true, it shows the government’s positive words about self-employed and working people are nothing more than hot air.
Good local knowledgeable taxi drivers, says the GMB, are being forced out of business as their towns and cities are flooded by out of town drivers on ‘dodgy licenses’ and tied to bogus self-employment contracts.
Meanwhile places like Brighton, Bath, Southend, Leeds, Manchester, Reading, Liverpool and many others are descending into “Wild West” frontiers – with touting and illegal ply for hire activities now common place thanks to legislation forced through by the Cameron government in 2015.
GMB national officer for taxi & professional drivers Mick Rix said: “These revelations, if true, blow the lid off rumours that have been circulating privately for some time; that companies like Uber bought the heart of UK Tory government and had favourable legislation passed.
“The Deregulation Act 2015 allowed Uber and other operators to flood the taxi market and create a ‘wild west’ situation in the streets of our towns and cities throughout the UK.
“The government has virtually dragged the good name of the taxi trade into the gutter. Now we know why – it was all done on behalf of their cronies at Uber.
“We call on the authorities to launch a full and independent inquiry into this shocking business, where UK government sold themselves to a company, because of personal friendships.”
The GMB last year won its case against Uber after an Employment Tribunal determined the company had acted unlawfully by not providing drivers with basic workers’ rights.
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