Abdul Omer, the sacked Unite union convenor at Sovereign buses, has lost an appeal against his dismissal.
Abdul was accused of intimidating a witness at a disciplinary hearing. He denies the charges and says he was targeted for being an effective union builder.
He now faces real financial difficulties. A hardship fund has been set up.
Send cheques to Unite Woodberry, 218 Green Lanes, Finsbury Park, London N4 2HB, payable to “Unite the union” and marked on the back “Abdul Omer appeal”
Sovereign pay ballot
Drivers at Sovereign buses, west London, are to vote on a pay offer of 1.3 percent. The below inflation deal contains worrying features.
Last year it was agreed with management that after four years of service drivers would receive a bonus. This has not been included in this pay offer.
An agreement to harmonise hours and duties would have resulted in a pay boost of 2‑3 percent. There is no mention of this in the pay deal. Drivers should reject the deal.
Bus companies across London are set to try and impose either pay freezes or very low pay deals on drivers.
Talk is rife among bus drivers at Metroline, north London, that they face a freeze. Metroline made profits of £17 million in 2008.