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GMB Question 7% Raise For Addison Lee Drivers

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
GMB Questions 7% Boost In Earnings For Addison Lee Drivers

We have been advised by GMB members that the reality of the deal is very different and feel that the claim is inaccurate says GMB

GMB, the union for private hire drivers, has responded to an article from City AM that claimed a new deal for Addison Lee drivers had improved earnings by 7%. (See notes to editors for a link to the article).

The article, published on Wednesday (8th June, 2016), said that a small number of private hire drivers who had road tested the deal had reported the increase in their earnings compared to the same time last year.

In a press release, Addison Lee claimed that the 99% of drivers had signed up to the new deal that they said would allow them to earn more money than ever before. Addison Lee chief executive officer, Andy Boland, called it “the best offer in the industry.”

Steve Garelick, GMB professional drivers’ branch secretary, said “The reported 7% increase in earnings is by no means the case for all 4,500 drivers. We have been advised by GMB members that the reality of the deal is very different and feel that the claim is inaccurate.

Addison Lee has also said that 99% of drivers at the company have signed up to the new deal. We believe this has also been exaggerated and is as a result of drivers no longer being able to work for the company if they did not sign up to the deal.”


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

Notes to Editors

1 Link to City AM article “Change to Addison Lee driver contracts boosts earnings”

http://www.cityam.com/242924/change-to-addison-lee-driver-contracts-boosts-earnings


2 GMB press release dated 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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3 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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4 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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