The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has today welcomed a decision by TfL (Transport for London) to strip Uber of its licence to operate cabs in London, UK.
Steve Cotton, ITF general secretary, said: “Well done to TfL for seeing Uber for what it truly is – an irresponsible taxi company that undermines basic standards. It has to keep to the rules that are there to protect passengers and drivers. London now joins a proud list of cities that have said that Uber is not welcome if it will not play fair and safe. Congratulations also to our UK unions that have tirelessly campaigned for this decision, and continue to fight for safe transport on behalf of all Londoners. Anyone who is unhappy at today’s decision should have a word with Uber – it’s up to Uber to shape up and get real.”
Paddy Crumlin, ITF president, said: “This decision by TfL is another nail in the coffin of a business model that walks all over the rights of workers and the safety of passengers, in the name of ever great profits. We are not opposed to new technology in transport, but we are opposed to a return to Victorian working conditions. We want good jobs, and strong regulation. Workers on all forms of transport have a unique perspective on how technology can benefit all sections of society, and they feel it first when technology is being abused and threatening safety, and they must be listened to.”