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Bus workers aim to defend sacked driver

Issue No. 1985

Three thousand First Bus workers in Glasgow are set to ballot for strike action in support of a driver who was sacked.

The driver was fired for allegedly being “lippy” to a passenger.

A workplace survey showed that for every 16 workers’ votes cast, 15 were in favour of taking action over the issue.

A strike will halt up to 1,000 buses. The T&G union is set to ballot 3,000 drivers, mechanics, depot and office workers for strike action.

The driver was fired despite the passenger saying that they wanted no action taken.

And the company ignored its own procedure that both a manager and a union representative should interview any member of the public who lodges a complaint against a worker.

This procedure was put in place because of the high number of incidents of physical and verbal abuse that drivers are subject to.

Derek Ormston, T&G regional industrial organiser, said, “We have established procedures for dealing with these situations which are in danger of being ripped up by First managers.

“That First have sacked him and not given the man’s union a chance to properly represent him, let alone defend him, goes to the heart of why staff across the company have backed calls for a strike vote.”

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Sat 28 Jan 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1985
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