BLACK CAB BATTLE GOES TO CAMERON; Union Asks Prime Minister to Save British Icon

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BLACK CAB BATTLE GOES TO CAMERON; Union Asks Prime Minister to Save British Icon


Byline: Cara Simpson NEWS REPORTER

THE FIGHT to save the Coventrymade black cab is being taken to Downing Street.

Union leaders have written to Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson urging them to back the growing campaign.

Unite, which represents LTI workers and taxi drivers, has also sent letters to key ministers, urging them to publicly back the campaign to save the maker of the black cab and ensure the iconic vehicle is still built in Britain.

Taxi maker LTI went into administration in October, putting the future of Britain's only black cab producer at risk.

The administrator, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), made 99 workers redundant at the Holyhead Road factory.

There is the danger that the company could collapse, or the black cab could end up being built abroad.

In letters to David Cameron, Boris Johnson, business secretary Vince Cable and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, Tony Burke, Unite assistant general secretary warned the iconic vehicles could disappear.

He wrote: "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 which represents the workers at London Taxi International and London black cab drivers, is campaigning to save the black cab and continue to have them built in the UK.

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