Sacked after asking for recognition – demo for taxi driver today

GMB members are today protesting in Oxford after a taxi driver was sacked shortly after asking his boss to recognise the union.

Mohammed Fadllalla has worked for 001 Taxis for nearly 20 years, where his main role was a regular school run taking children to and from school and had recruited many drivers into the union.

He approached the owner of the firm, Mark Green, to see if the company would recognise the union and, shortly afterwards, was sacked with no explanation. The decision was appealed and GMB has written to the company stating concerns.

The union is also concerned the company put an unfounded complaint to the council in a bid to try to prevent him from driving children around. The accusations were thrown out by the council.

GMB organiser Rebecca Mitchell said: “This protest is in anger at the treatment of a decent, hard-working family man whose only crime appears to be membership of a trade union.

“001 Taxis’s failed complaint to get him banned from taking jobs on the school run is particularly abhorrent. Today’s demo is about highlighting the bullying culture that exists within 001 taxis – and to ask them to reinstate our member.”

The demonstration begins at 12noon outside Oxford Council House, OX1 1BU.

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