Leeds Private Hire Drivers Organisation votes to affiliate with the IWGB union
Crunch meeting today with Leeds City Council to resolve dispute with minicab drivers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2012
The Leeds Private Hire Drivers Organisation (LPHDO) this week made by history by voting to unionise as part of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) in order to better protect the welfare of city minicab drivers in the wake of falling incomes and unfair treatment from Leeds City Council.
Since September, the LPHDO has raised concerns with Leeds City Council over harsh new rules enforced against minicab drivers stopping to pick up booked passengers. In addition, drivers have been deeply worried about the lack lustre response of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police in protecting minicab drivers after a rash of brutal attacks.
This morning, a union delegation will be meeting with Councillor Brian Selby, Chair of the Licensing Committee and Andrew White, Executive Officer, Taxi and Private Hire Licensing in an effort to reach a solution so that a public demonstration scheduled later today can be avoided.
Ahmad Hussain, Chair of the Leeds Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB union said:
“Over the past few months we have tried in vain to come to a sensible agreement with Leeds City Council so that driver safety and security is protected, and drivers have the opportunity to earn a fair income while doing a dangerous job. Public go slow protests are a last resort, but it seems this is the only option left open when the Council refuses to engage positively with us towards finding a fair solution.”
James Farrar, Chair of the national private hire drivers branch of the IWGB union said:
“In Leeds, as in elsewhere throughout the UK, we see private hire drivers working in sweatshop conditions. Yet, rather than protect and support publicly licensed drivers, Leeds City Council seems determined to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution. We call on Leeds City Council to engage positively to support and protect licensed drivers in the interests of safety, security and fairness for all.”
Ahmad Hussain, Chair of the Leeds Private Hire Drivers brabch of the IWGB union
James Farrar, National Chair of the Private Hire Drivers Branch of the IWGB union
Yaseen Aslam, Founder of the Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB union
1. United Private Hire Drivers branch of the IWGB Union is the largest dedicated trade union for private hire drivers in the UK. The national branch was founded by James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam who are also lead claimants in the successful workers rights claim against Uber, Aslam and Farrar v Uber. https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/
2. The IWGB union is the defacto trade union for the gig economy in the UK representing private hire drivers, couriers, cleaners, care workers and others.
3. In December 2016, Frank Field MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee declared private hire drivers were working in sweatshop conditions. http://www.frankfield.co.uk/