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Metroline bus workers vote to oppose cab cameras

Issue No. 2161

Bus workers at Metroline in London have voted overwhelmingly in a consultative ballot for strike action against plans to introduce cameras into the cabs of their buses.

More than 94 percent voted to take action against the cameras which drivers see as an invasion of their privacy. Management drew up the plans without consultation with the drivers’ union Unite.

“This is an overwhelming result,” Paul Brandon, a bus driver in London, told Socialist Worker. “But it’s no surprise to drivers that the result is so big as this has become such an important issue.

“Drivers are under enough pressure without having big brother watching over our shoulders.”

Drivers will now take part in a postal ballot to decide whether to take action short of a strike or strike action.

This dispute is one of many struggles that are breaking out on the buses. Drivers at Arriva and First in London took part in a consultative ballot over pay last week.


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Tue 21 Jul 2009, 18:32 BST
Issue No. 2161
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