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Storm as bus workers' rep is suspended

Issue No. 2379

Bosses at Metroline’s Willesden bus garage in north west London have suspended Unite union rep Robert Chung after he raised safety concerns. 

The disciplinary action could result in his dismissal.

Robert refused to go back on the road during the storm that hit Britain two weeks ago after a falling tree narrowly missed his bus. 

Local trade unionists rightly point out that Robert acted as many union reps would to ensure safety.

Unite members at the garage told Socialist Worker that they believe Robert is being victimised because he is an effective union rep. 

Brent TUC has pledged full support for Robert and described the actions of management as “inhuman and vindictive”. It organised a solidarity protest at the garage on Friday of last week as the Unite rep faced a disciplinary hearing. 

The hearing decided to adjourn until 18 November.

Unite members at Willesden garage should insist on a union mass meeting immediately to discuss how they can defend their rep and their union.

A three-day strike for a pay rise by workers at Network Warrington buses was called off on Sunday of last week.

The firm says the dispute is “settled” but workers will have to vote on any new deal.

The bus drivers and support staff are members of the Unite union. 

They previously rejected a proposed deal with no pay rise but a £200 lump sum. 

They struck several times in September and October.

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Tue 12 Nov 2013, 17:43 GMT
Issue No. 2379
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