Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Rum Colony Racism

You are welcome to examine the following in light of the NSW to Victorian Taxi Drivers' Safety.

--- In, Taxirob wrote:

One way to get attention


--- In, "Ross Nelson" wrote:

GOOD ON THE MELBOURNE TAXI DRIVER PROTESTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I would suggest caution re demanding that safety screens be mandated.Sydney had screens mandated at the behest of the TWU.WE HATED THEM!!!90% of job satisfaction was blotted out.Shouting to communicate with passengers is highly stressful. Vision is impaired . also stressful.The third to last Taxi Driver to be slain in Sydney (Saptul Singh Suri) had a screen in his cab.I believe that screens should be available for those that want them.This could be a market based thing. If a base with 20 cabs has 10 with screens that are preferred over the non-screen cabs they will put more screens in.The taxi management that Peer calls 'mafia' made a lot of money out of installing screens in Sydney.If Melbourne does go down this road I hope that the VTDA become major installers.

Who hated driving a cab with a screen.

--- In, "Jimmy" wrote:

Spot on brother, exactly the same situation when in the post war years Australia imported the Migrant Factory Fodder. The difference being that those wogs had the balls to unionise and organise and the present taxi industry wogs ain't got the balls for jack all..........maybe with a handfull of exceptions. Well Victoria is taking the initiative when is NSW going to follow on......?.......or are they all too busy fighting amongst themselves and still trying to decide which TDA is going their way.Sadly when you have a lacky of the Taxi Council for president in the NSWTDA and a secretary that is also that way inclined, is it any wonder that strike action is a no no?A........ licking is the order of the day. Remember the NSW Taxi Council does not give a damn about bailee drivers. The expendible fodder sufficently manned by wogs who is going to worry?

Also consider who runs the NSW Taxi Council but a bunch of flea ridden geriatric Kangaroos.An excellent point you made Taxifixer.Remember Bob Woodger, he was an Aussie, and what support was there for his unfortunate demise?Youbert Hormozi had an excellent turn out. I know I was at both of them.For Woodger even a half an hour demo at parliament house was too much to ask for.Yes I am a wog too and bloody well proud of it. But I am ashamed of the apathy of my collegue wogs.


--- In, "union_faruque" wrote:Re: melbourne Australia taxi strike

I am afraid the Minister of Transport and the Transport Workers Union mob may misguide or even sabotage this lawful demand of taxi drivers. Providing a safe work place regardless of the so called relationship i.e. bailor/bailee is the fundamental right of any worker.

Here is a blatant example of profit overtaking civil rights, human rights and industrial rights of workers under the Victorian Labor Government.

I won't be surprised of any idiotic or racist remark from the `chardonnay revolutionaries' of the ozcabs forum. First of all their silence says, they may have isolated from the real taxi drivers' community or the drivers in general do not trust them in the first place. Anyway, their beloved Channel Nine made them proud tonight!

--- In, "taxifixer" wrote:
April 30, 2008

Hundreds of Melbourne taxi drivers have blocked a major city intersection demanding better safety after one of their own was critically injured in a stabbing.Organisers say the protest will remain in place all night despite the arrest of a man this evening in connection with the stabbing.

An unidentified 23-year-old taxi driver, a student from India, was stabbed andcritically injured by a passenger in inner suburban Clifton Hill about 3am, police said.By late today, more than 1,000 people - almost exclusively from the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East- braved temperatures down to single digits for the sit-inat the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets, in the heart of Melbourne.

Unknown to the crowd, a 45-year-old man was arrested at his Alphington home about 7.30pm, police said.Parish Charles has been charged with attempted murder by Yarra detectives, police said.He appeared before an out-of-sessions court hearing and was remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court tomorrow.Protesters began gathering at the intersection about 6pm, with word of the protest spreading via mobile phones.Empty taxis and abandoned trams choked Swanston Street, one of Melbourne's busiest tram routes, as the protesters gathered in the shadow of Flinders Street station, watched by scores of police.Cabs, many double-parked, lay idle for blocks as the peaceful but sometimes rowdy protest gathered strength.The protesters demanded improved safety, including the introduction of protective screens for drivers.

One of the organisers, Indian-born taxi driver Jazz Randyboy, said cabbies wanted action."We get sick of complaining to the Victoria Police about our security. One of our friends was stabbed seven times and the cops are doing nothing. They say they can't get him," Mr Randyboy said."This is about getting our security, getting our rights back."The Victorian government must guarantee driver safety by introducing protective screens, he said.Many drivers believed police would put more effort into investigating an attack on a white driver, he said."There is too much racism in the Victoria Police. One police officer said to me that I am black and we bring all these problems into the country," he said."We think Australia is one of the best countries but after these experiences we think it's one of the worst. This is the most racist country in the world," he said.

Protesters will hold their ground overnight, Mr Randyboy said."It's going right through to tomorrow morning. They are not going home or do anything else. They will sit here until the government or someone talks to us."One of the protesters told the crowd: "We will be sitting here as long as it is required. We just want justice".Another yelled: "We're not going home. We're not going to take this shit anymore."Victorian Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky said earlier today protective screens were being trialled and could soon be introduced in taxis for drivers who wanted them.Late this evening, ABC Online reported that Ms Kosky would meet with taxi industry representatives tomorrow.


--- In, "union_faruque" wrote:

'A Fair Share of a Fair Fare'

Taxi drivers used to be expendable commodities like the ANZACS to the British. Greedy taxi networks and companies did nothing to save human lives. However, due to the courageous stand of a few dedicated taxi drivers, the NSW community got the Keatsdale Report, Dalziel Report and Cook Reports; all vital in achieving taxi driver safety. The grateful community of NSW gave enough money thorough the "$1.00 flag-fall rise" for taxi-drivers' safety with the GPS and screen recommendations of the Keatsdale Report. The NSW government then extracted $40.00 a day from the vulnerable taxi drivers for their own safety. In return they got unworkable cameras and unreliable GPS systems. All of those little achievements are going to be buried by the partisan Madden Report- under the leadership of the NSW Labor Government. Tragically this $1000.00 per word David Madden Report is without any direction or vision whatsoever.

In the meantime two more taxi drivers were brutally murdered in NSW and many more were robbed and injured.

Today with our Victorian colleagues stood up for their own safety in facing down the police in Melbourne.

Channel Nine sinking to unfortunate disparagement and calculated derision of taxi drivers amounting to veiled racism could not resist the insult of describing the attention winning stunt on the part of the drivers of removing their shirts in the wintry weather thus " for reasons best known to themselves drivers removed their shirts". How puerile.

Penultimately what drivers want here in NSW and undoubtedly Victoria is workable legislation, regulation and mechanisms ensuring workers' safety to save lives.

Faruque Ahmed
Media Manager, Mobile: 041 091 4118,
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

NSW Bailees Do Not Receive Entitlements

NSW Bailees Do Not Receive Entitlements

--- In, "tedtaxifo" wrote:
Re:IPART letter (To the brave and the bold for comments please.)

In response to my paragraph on Entitlements Peer wrote as below. I do not believe he is correct. My statement about the almost universal non-payment of Entitlements in Sydney is strictly factual, I believe.Which is potentially important to the IPART taxi fares assessments, this or next year, given that on many matters IPART's "facts" are a long way from the reality.

Yes, Entitlements are a statutory determination by the Industrial Relations Commission. As such they are a CONDITION of driving a cab ! And they SHOULD be allowed for in payins and paid to all permanent drivers. ( So far agreed with Peer. )

But in fact in Sydney they are almost universally NOT paid to drivers by the operators and that has been the case for so long that operators with impunity do NOT allow for the payment and cost of Entitlements in the Payins. (The currently lower than Maximum Payins – as determined by the IRC – are not because of that, but as generally agreed, are because of the shortage of drivers and attracting drivers. Refer alsoIPART Issues page 10)

The strong evidence for stating that Entitlements in Sydney are almost universally not paid is three fold:

1. The damning evidence extracted from the Taxi Industry Assoc'n (John Bowe & Howard Harrison) about virtual non-payment of NSW Entitlements in the IRC 10Feb2005 HEARINGS (Transcript extracts below, a very interesting read !).

2. The 2007 PwC Survey finding that 2% of NSW drivers are paid Entitlements as per Page 10 of the 2008 IPART Issues paper (also a very interesting read !).

3. And that there is one known (perhaps 2?) Sydney driver paid Entitlements on Method 1 – and only 2, 3 or 4 others (maybe) out of 17,000 drivers who may have got something by threatening action etc.Cheers,Ted

EXTRACTS from IRC 2004 / 544 HEARING on Thursday 10Feb2005 CONNORC.Hearings Transcript pages 1-84Witness: Mr JOHN BOWE(Exhibit 21 : TIA submission 12May04 by Mr John Bowe, executive director Taxi IndustryAssociation (TIA) 1982 –2003, 40 years in taxi industry as driver, owner, coops director.)
Q. You've asked the tribunal to accept … that the taxi operators across the board are facing the cost of driver entitlements of some three to $4,000 a year. Do you see that?

A. M'mmm.

Q. That's simply false with respect to, in your figures, 70% of taxi operators, isn't it?

A. No, it's not, that is what the entitlements add up to.

Q. But they're not actually paying them are they?

A. Well, it was not up to us to tell IPRT (IPART) that people aren't paying them.… … …
Pp36 Q. Your evidence is that, notwithstanding that customers are paying for those entitlementsthrough the fare, that in 70% of cases it's not going to the driver. Is that right?

A. That's my personal opinion, yes.

Q. That's just fraud on the public, isn't it?

A. Well, I wouldn't agree with that because you are setting that that is something that they are bound by law to pay.… … …
Pages 50 - 68Witness : Mr HOWARD HARRISON( Exhibit 23 : 1 February 2005 statement by Mr Howard Harrison of ?? Avenue, Toongabbie, chief executive officer of the Taxi Industry Association (TIA), 40 years as driver, owner, CCC Director, TCS employee.

Pp 53 CLEGG : Can I just indicate that it is put forward really as a model and Mr Harrison will concede that for instance it is based on full entitlements being paid to drivers, just as it's based on operators receiving maximum pay-ins. And we have evidence in these proceedings to say that that doesn't really happen in most cases.… … …-0-0-0-0-