Unite, which represents bus drivers, is celebrating victory after London bus company Metroline, bowed to union pressure and reversed its decision to bar its driver Marcia Carty from wearing a hair wrap which contained Rastafarian colours.

Yesterday (Monday 24 September) Unite announced it was in the process of launching a major campaign against the religious and racial discrimination that Marcia Carty was facing.

In response Metroline re-examined the case and altered its stance and decided that Marcia Carty would be allowed to work and drive her bus while wearing the hair wrap with the Rastafarian colours (of green, gold and red) on it.

Unite regional officer Russ Ball said: “Unite is very pleased that Metroline’s management has recognised that its policy was wrong and that it has now swiftly moved to resolve the situation.

“Unite will now hold negotiations with Metroline to resolve the other outstanding matters in the case and ensure that there are no similar problems in the future.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey