Today I got to sit on the couch and watch the telly. Then the midday movie and of course, every hour, the news break would come on. It did, at first, show a crowd of Cab drivers who were blocking the busiest part of Melbourne to make a few points. Then, as the day progressed, it showed the same Cab drivers this time with their shirts off and bandannas on their heads with signs being held up..with poor spelling I might add.
At the weekend a young Cab driver was stabbed and left for almost-dead on the pavement not more than 300metres from his cab. He was rushed to The Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition. Of course, this is shocking and outrageous, but it happens. No one chooses to get stabbed, and we all SHOULD feel safe going about our work. Point is, there are dangerous people about.
What can be done? Make it safer for the Cab drivers while they are working with cameras and alarm buttons to set off perhaps..yes, talk of the bubble that surrounds the cab drivers that separates them from the passengers...yet, I do believe the bubble may cause some concerns when the Cab is involved in an accident, retrieving the trapped driver prolonged..care of said driver therefore takes longer and we all know every second counts. Maybe better to have the bubble in case of the danerous pulic outweights this?
What can the Cab drivers do who were in the demonstration today? Well, from what I did see today, they could have had a shower, presented themselves as a uniform group, they could have voiced their opinions together by appointing one spokesperson and getting their word out. Change cannot happen at a fast pace, we all know it does not work that way, but, if they carry on like dills like today they will not get public support.
My advice, as a member of the public is..get your shit together, dress neater, learn to spell better if you are going to make a point on a placard, and ..go and support your injured colleague.. he needs you!!
After all of this, HERE is a great cablog to spend a few minutes reading. This guy Adrian Neylon is a Sydney Cab driver. He is a hard worker and as far as I can see, a decent guy..perhaps these non-shirt wearing Cabbies from Melbourne could take a leaf out of his book?
I am not saying I think it is wrong to speak your mind or cause some sort of diruption to get noticed and make a point, especially when it invlolves safety at work.. we all want to get home to our loved ones. But do it in a uniform manner, and make someone who is a strong speaker be the one to make the noise. Your thoughts?