Musicians Unions, night-workers and bikers joined forces to protest against proposed evening and Sunday parking charges in the borough of Westminster outside Westminster City Hall. London, UK. 12th October 2011
Musicians played music and handed out leaflets while the nightworkworkers were given lifts on the motorbikes of the No to Bike Parking Tax demonstration to protest at Westminster City Hall this evening. The musicians state this parking charge proposal will effectively price them out of performing gigs in the West End. The nightworkers are worried by having to travel home, if they can actually do so, on public transport in the early hours of the morning. The motorbikes agreed to pick up various nightworkers at casinos and bring them to Westminster to show solidarity with this demonstration. Musicians have to carry sometimes heavy instruments to be able to work. The nightworkers worry about their safety travelling home should they be lucky enough to find connections that would take them to their destinations. The cost of parking would reduce their wages and for the musicians make it unfeasable to take work in Soho, Covent Garden and Marylebone. Westminster was filled with sounds of 'When the Saints came marching In', while the roar of motorcycles heralded the arrival of the nightworkers.