First Manchester bus workers should draw the lessons from the long list of disputes sabotaged by Unite.
The London Bus Rank-and-File Committee and the Socialist Equality Party are calling for the reinstatement of London bus driver David O’Sullivan, sacked for upholding workers’ rights to health and safety during a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 60 bus workers in the capital.
The death rate among London bus drivers is three times the national average, with the families of those killed demanding answers.
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O’Sullivan said, “This case goes to the heart of what rights employees have to protect themselves in the pandemic, and how far they can go in pursuing those rights.”
The declaration, “Unite wins Again – South Yorkshire bus drivers WIN fair pay,” is laced with deceit. The headline figure of 10.7 percent hides a below inflation agreement, as it covers a two-year period until the end of 2023.
During ongoing national negotiations, the freight carrier unilaterally introduced a points-based attendance policy that can be used to penalize workers for taking time off to which they are legally entitled.
Management at Berlin’s BVG local transit company has decided to postpone the reintroduction of front boarding. Drivers must ensure front doors remain closed until they agree it is safe.
The massive “no” vote registered at Park Royal, Stamford Brook and Shepherds Bush speaks to a growing mood of opposition to Unite’s record of collusion.
UK: Claim of strike “victory” at Go North West unravels as Unite refuses to disclose its rotten deal
The refusal of Unite to outline the deal and organise a ballot can only mean that what is being proposed is so toxic that Unite is working frantically on how to sell it to the Go North West drivers and to prevent an angry backlash.
“We are not cattle and will not be sacrificed to protect the profits of the corporations and banks who have made a financial killing during the pandemic,” states the resolution passed by the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Safety Committee.