Representation before the Industrial Relations Commission concerning Bailee Taxi Drivers.
NSW Minister for Industrial Relations
NSW Attorney General
Date: 27th June 2001
Re: Representation before the Industrial Relations Commission concerning Bailee Taxi Drivers.
The NSW Cabbie Welfare Association has been formed to address the basic, natural needs of cab drivers and to have their voice heard in the Taxi industry. It is this association's intention to prioritise the safety, future security and overall welfare of cab drivers and it is for these reasons many cabbies have and are becoming members of this association.
As a taxi fare increase is due for the coming financial year from July 2001, the Minister for Transport (concerning taxi fare increase) and the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (Concerning Pay-ins increase) are going to make decisions on the matter of the amount of that taxi fare increase and pay-in increase respectively. Many citizens of this state need the use of a taxi service as part of their daily routine. They are all clearly subjected to the effect of a fare increase.
We ask you to consider all the consequences before making any decision so as to ensure the proposed increase would not adversely affect the poorer sections of this state's society, such as the sick, partially infirmed, pensioners etc. all of whom are strongly dependent on and require a taxi service that is financially within their reach to do short trips, visits etc.
The matter of a taxi fare increase is of great community concern. It should be a matter for consultation well before any proposed taxi meter increase with all affected parties and stake holders being given the opportunity to have their voices and views considered to ensure that the increase is a fair and genuine increase.
We believe it is necessary for us to provide input into the current negotiations in relation to the aforementioned taxi meter increase and pay-in increase at the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
In relation to you and your department considering our association as a party to these matters could you kindly extend to us an invitation so that we could express our viewpoint, thereby ensuring the best interests of the wider community are properly served.
We await your considered yet prompt response.