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Addison Lee Job Losses After Protest

Friday, May 27, 2016
GMB Members Lose Jobs After Peaceful Protest At Addison Lee

This clearly shows that Addison Lee has no interest in working with those drivers who have concerns says GMB.

At least five private hire drivers working for Addison Lee have been made redundant following a demonstration on Tuesday (24th May 2016) against poor operating terms and conditions at the company. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about Addison Lee).

At a static protest held at 12 noon yesterday, staff from Addison Lee and parent company Carlyle Group intimidated GMB activists by taking down the registration numbers of Addison Lee vehicles and photographing those on foot.

Within an hour of the demonstration ending, Addison Lee terminated the contracts of three GMB group reps without explanation. At least five drivers have lost their jobs since the protest.

Steve Garelick, GMB professional drivers Branch Secretary, said “This is a despicable act clearly based on the direction of senior management at Addison Lee.

It clearly shows that the company has no interest in working with those drivers who have concerns.”

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Contact: Steve Garelick on 07565 456 776, or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to Editors

1 GMB press release dated Monday, May 23, 2016

Private Hire Protest In Berkeley Square On 24th May Against Addison Lee Terms And Conditions

The current attitude of Addison Lee’s senior management is unacceptable and furthermore unsustainable says GMB.

GMB members working as private hire drivers for Addison Lee will block Berkeley Square on Tuesday (24th May, 2016) in protest over the poor operating terms and conditions implemented by the company. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about Addison Lee).

GMB has raised a number of concerns with Addison Lee including increased commission from the company, fixed rate insurance and reduced fares, particularly at peak times.

GMB members will assemble at 12 noon on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at the address as follows:


Berkeley Square,
Mayfair,
London,
W1J 6AF


Steve Garelick, GMB branch secretary for professional drivers, said“There is a growing discontent among Addison Lee drivers regarding their operating terms and conditions.

A group of drivers recently staged a demonstration in Berkeley Square and as a result we have been inundated with membership applications resulting in a substantial increase to our membership in Addison Lee.

GMB want Addison Lee to be successful and have no wish to damage the brand.

The current attitude of Addison Lee’s senior management is unacceptable and furthermore unsustainable.

We have told Addison Lee we don’t want to have to be like this, we want them to be successful, but when they keep imposing deals on people it doesn’t really fit. Contracts should not be a one-way street.”

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2 Letter sent to Carlyle Group

Dear Mr. Butler & Mr. Mercer

We are writing on behalf of our members in Addison Lee to request a meeting with the Carlyle group.

As you may be aware there is a growing discontent among Addison Lee drivers regarding their operating terms and conditions. A group of drivers recently staged a demonstration in Berkley Square and as a result we have been inundated with membership applications resulting in a substantial increase to our membership in Addison Lee.

The management of Addison Lee have received eight written requests for a meeting. They are either unable or unwilling to engage with us and it is for that reason we are contacting you directly.

The subjects we wish to discuss are as follows:

1) The terms and conditions for drivers

2) What can Addison Lee Drivers do to support Carlyle’s efforts to sell Addison Lee?

3) Suggestions for increasing the number of customers using Addison Lee

4) Suggestions on how Addison Lee drivers can support Addison Lee to meet the threat of Uber.

We want Addison Lee to be successful and have no wish to damage the brand. We are also aware of Carlyle’s desire to sell Addison Lee and have no inclination to jeopardise that exit route.

The current attitude of Addison Lee’s senior management is unacceptable and unsustainable.

3 GMB press release dated Monday, April 25, 2016

GMB To Hold Static Protest For Addison Lee Drivers On Tuesday 26 April Over Low Rates

Addison Lee is the market leader in the business world and so does not need to compete with companies like Uber says GMB.

GMB, the union for private hire drivers, will hold a static protest tomorrow, Tuesday 26th April 2016, for Addison Lee drivers over increased costs and low fare rates set by the company.

GMB has raised a number of concerns with Addison Lee including increased commission from the company, fixed rate insurance and reduced fares, particularly at peak times.

GMB members will meet at 12pm on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at the address as follows:

Berkeley Square,
Mayfair,
London,
W1J 6AF

Steve Garelick, branch secretary for professional drivers, said “We know times are tough, but Addison Lee drivers are the best trained in the industry and are part of a premium brand in London that is being damaged by excessively low fares.

Addison Lee is the market leader in the business world and so does not need to compete with companies like Uber.

Dragging down the brand by reducing rates will mean the loss of high quality drivers, whose replacements will likely be untrained with little experience, which will, in turn, lead to the loss of major accounts, a loss that will be felt by all.”

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