Unite the union has confirmed that its 1,700-strong membership have agreed to the additional proposals brought forward by Lothian Buses to end the long running dispute. On a 67 per cent turnout 75.5 per cent of Unite members voted to agree the proposals which focus on improving the workplace culture. The agreement includes the appointment of an independent officer from the City of Edinburgh council to address the issues of ‘behaviours and trust', and covers other workplace issues affecting the conditions of our members such as length of shifts and the types of buses driven.

Unite regional industrial officer, Mr Lyn Turner, said: “Unite is pleased that our membership have agreed to the latest set of proposals which address the central issues at the heart of this long running dispute.

"It was only right that further assurances were given on fully addressing the bullying and hostile culture which has existed at Lothian Buses. Unite would like to thank the people of Edinburgh for their patience and the great support which they have given to the workers, and also to those representatives at the City of Edinburgh council who have worked positively with us to resolve this dispute.

"There is hard work ahead to ensure that the workplace culture improves, and Unite will play our full part in delivering a service which the workers and the public can be fully proud of.”

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For more information contact Mr Lyn Turner on 07980871394.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country's biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.