Position: Women’s Officer
My name is Karen Mendes I have held the position of Taxi Liaison officer as well as engaging within equalities within the Union.
In 2002 that I became a Private Hire driver then became a Yellow Badge driver in 2004. In 2008 I gained my Green Badge and have worked on all three of the major London taxi radio circuits.
This year, I attended the GMB Congress in Brighton and constructed and read out four speeches that moved motions relating to maintaining the Two Tier system, the definition of Plying For Hire, along with other speeches covering the banning of Ride Sharing, driver safety and the capping of Private Hire licences.
I understand the ongoing issues within both the taxi and Private Hire trades. I also am happy to represent members from both trades.
I have also attended meetings with numerous Assembly Members at City Hall and the ex-Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross.
The GMB have very recently trained me as a Workplace Organiser and I have attended three GMB Equalities/Women's conferences. In addition, I am a Labour party member.
My job will be to represent and assist all members and to enable others to follow my path.