The British Unite asks prime minister David Cameron, the London mayor Boris Johnson and other ministers to save the maker of the black cab.
The future of LTI (London Taxi International) could be decided by the end of December as the administrator PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) which is responsible for the company’s assets sale has some potential buyers. The Unite Union has written a letter to Boris Johnson, David Cameron, transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and business secretary Vince Cable asking them to save the black cab’s future. There is also a Facebook campaign page http://www.facebook.com/SaveOurBlackCabs, where supporters can sign a petition and build public support.
“The black cab is part of Britain’s manufacturing heritage and part of our national fabric, like Big Ben or fish and chips but now they could disappear from our roads. It is unthinkable that the historic black cab could be built anywhere else but in the UK. Unite is asking you to commit your personal support to our campaign to ensure that the iconic black cab continues to be built in the UK,” said the letter.
Two months ago LTI went into administration, the administrator PWC laid off 156 employees and now the company might collapse or UK’s traditional black cab might be manufactured abroad.