Car 2000, et taxiselskap i Rochdale som vi omtalte for noen dager siden, har nå trukket tilbake tilbudet om hvite sjåfører hvis kundene spesifikt ba om det. De 55 pakistanske sjåførene bestemte seg for å gå til streik over selskapets policy. Eieren av taxiselskapet, Stephen Campbell ombestemte seg raskt og uttalte:
‘The drivers were all aware we did this and said they wouldn’t want to pick up a customer that didn’t want them as a driver. But, as soon as they raised this as a problem, I have immediately changed it and have done what they wanted.’
Not having any of it
Mr Campbell previously said that, out of 12,000 calls a week, around 60 would request a ‘local’ driver in the wake of the Rochdale sex abuse scandal.
He said: ‘Our operators have now been told that no one can do that again.’
Mr Campbell said on one occasion one of his Asian drivers had been to pick up a customer who refused to get in his car, which left the employee upset.
He added: ‘I don’t operate a company that makes people feel bad. I was trying to protect them. But I suppose in protecting them I was contributing to people’s racist beliefs.’
De 55 sjåførene som gikk ut i streik protesterte i sentrum av Heywood igår kveld. De mente at tilbudet hadde vært rasistisk og diskriminerende. De var også bekymret for at tilbudet om hvite sjåfører ville styrke de negative stereotypene av taxisjåfører i Heywood og beskrev hvordan bilene stadig hadde blitt angrepet etter at grooming-skandalen ble kjent.
En av sjåførene, Abdul Hafiz, sa: ‘There were some bad men who worked as taxi drivers in Heywood and now they are in prison. We have done nothing wrong but now we are being treated like paedophiles.’