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Arrested after bus workers march

Issue No. 2127

Two Unite union bus reps are calling on other trade unionists and bus workers to support them when they appear in Westminster magistrates’ court in December. The case relates to an incident that took place after the demonstration that launched the London bus workers’ campaign.

Pierre Talla, the Unite branch secretary at Hayes bus garage and Selwyn Dhannie, the branch rep at the garage, were among 500 bus workers who marched on City Hall in July to demand better pay conditions at all the bus operators across the city.

As they left the protest, Pierre and Selwyn were stopped by inspectors at London Bridge Underground station.

They were challenged and then arrested after using their staff passes at the ticket barriers.

They now face assault and public order charges. Both vigorously deny these charges and are to challenge them in court.

Pierre and Selwyn have a just case. Their Unite union is backing them as should every activist.

Pierre and Selwyn are asking supporters to meet at 9am, Thursday 11 December, Westminster Magistrates Court, 70 Horseferry Rd, SW1P 2AX

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Tue 11 Nov 2008, 18:22 GMT
Issue No. 2127
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