Sacked over an e-mail
OVER 100 engineers working for London United, which operates bus services in south west London, went on official strike on Friday of last week against the sacking of two workers. The one-day strike was due to be followed by a 48-hour strike from Monday evening. The dispute began after management sacked two engineers following a private e-mail sent between their home computers in February. The e-mail ridiculed one of the managers, and the engineer who received it pinned it up on the works noticeboard. The joke referred to management getting caught out by the workers' TGWU union over a safety issue.
The workers are convinced management is using the incident to attack TGWU convenor Godfrey "Abey" Aberdeen. He and a member of the AEEU union have been sacked for "conspiracy to undermine and harass" a manager. Bus drivers were not balloted but have supported the strike by taking collections across the garages.