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Black cab workers to stage protest

23/11/12

WORKERS from the company which makes London black cabs will stage a demonstration tomorrow to save jobs after it went into administration.

Members of Unite will lobby travellers and taxi drivers in London and Liverpool as part of a campaign to save the London Taxi Company.

The firm's parent company, Manganese Bronze, went into administration last month, leading to lay-offs at its factory in Coventry.

Administrator PwC has since announced that a solution has been found to a steering fault affecting up to 400 taxis, which led to the suspension of sales.

Unite national officer Roger Maddison said: "Skilled but sacked workers are joining forces with cabbies to get the campaign to save the black cab on the road. The iconic black cab is part of Britain's manufacturing heritage, but they are at risk of being built abroad or even disappearing from our roads altogether.

"We are urging commuters and cabbies to support our campaign and persuade PWC to do everything possible to ensure any potential buyer commits to building the black cab here in the UK."

The black cabs are mainly in use in London, although the vehicles are in use in other cities, including Liverpool.

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