UNION leaders have warned buses might be taken off Edinburgh’s streets inside weeks after an enormous majority of Lothian workers who took half in a session backed strike motion.
Unite confirmed it should now formally poll its members for industrial motion after revealing the results of a three-week lengthy consultative poll. Within the poll, 94 per cent of Unite members who voted indicated assist for industrial motion, though Unite has not revealed what number of workers took half within the vote.
Tensions have been constructing since December when a driver was sacked and round 10 others suspended over posts on a closed Fb group amid claims of bullying and harassment by administration on the council-owned firm.
The most recent transfer follows a breakdown in negotiations between unions and administration by way of the arbitration service ACAS. Lothian Buses has accused the union of being unwilling to interact and rubbished claims of bullying and “hostility”.
Unite say Lothian Buses axed break day for them to hold out union duties and warned industrial motion was now looming.
Unite regional industrial officer, Lyn Turner, stated: “The consultative poll outcomes have come out and we are going to take inventory. We stay open to discussions however the hostility (of managemennt) has put a marker down.
“If we do go forward with industrial motion it might be from buses not being on the highway to working to rule. The very last thing we wish to do is take industrial motion, but when our arms are being tied by the corporate, then we could have no selection than to make use of all choices accessible to us.”
He added: “We’ve various excellent points in relation to procedural agreements, together with on bullying and harassment. That is illustrated by the choice to take away facility time for the 2 senior Unite representatives. This resolution in our view is commerce union victimisation.
“Unite has repeatedly warned that except this catalogue of points had been addressed there could be overwhelming assist to maneuver in the direction of an industrial motion poll. It’s disappointing it has come to this however the consultative poll consequence clearly exhibits that our members are ready to do no matter it takes to get Lothian Buses to grasp the energy of feeling.”
Lothian Buses stated: “Even supposing the union and the enterprise attended talks with ACAS final week, Unite to this point appear unwilling to interact in critical dialogue.
“We completely refute any allegations of bullying. The department chair and secretary are allotted 4 days per thirty days to take care of their union duties – time which is paid for by Lothian and is means above what we’re required to supply by regulation. We’re at a loss to grasp why the union hierarchy is intent on pursuing this damaging plan of action that has the potential to affect on our prospects.”