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Fight on for victimised bus driver

Issue No. 2251

The campaign to reinstate Unite union convenor on Sovereign buses, Abdul Omer Mohsin, has been reinvigorated in the past two weeks—a year after his sacking.

Workers at Harrow and Edgware bus garages in north London met in the last fortnight and voted to back Abdul Omer’s campaign.

In Edgware drivers demanded that no new convenor elections take place until the case is resolved.

And in Harrow, drivers agreed to be balloted for industrial action over his reinstatement.

Abdul Omer has fought to get his job back for over a year.

His Unite union has consistently stated that he was sacked for his trade union activity.

Unite members at Sovereign have already called for a ballot for action in his defence—but no ballot has been organised.

Abdul Omer told Socialist Worker, “I met with Unite officials in February.

“I have asked for a serious campaign to be launched by Unite over my case. That should be followed by a consultative ballot on industrial action for my immediate reinstatement.

“Drivers demanded a mass meeting to support my campaign. The response was fantastic.”

Abdul Omer has a track record of winning gains for drivers. Since he was sacked, conditions have worsened.

Bosses want him to go quietly. “I have no intention of going away,” Abdul Omer added.

The campaign for Abdul Omer’s reinstatement is about the right to organise a fighting union.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey has given his support to the fight.

But the battle for reinstatement has dragged on for too long.

Drivers have shown that they want to fight for their convenor. It is vital that Unite move quickly to organise a widespread campaign, as quickly as possible, to highlight Abdul Omer’s case, and begin to move towards a ballot that can win his reinstatement.

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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