Unite raises fears that hostile management culture at Lothian buses could lead to strike
- Thursday 21 February 2019
There is increasing unrest among Unite members at Lothian Buses following what has been described as a breakdown in industrial relations between company management and the workforce.
Unite the union has expressed concern around the dismissive way in which Lothian Buses management has dealt with workers concerns around bullying and their failure to follow agreed procedure. Unite has stated that unless these issues are addressed immediately, industrial action could result in buses being taken off the streets of Edinburgh.
Previous action last year was averted following a meeting held at ACAS which led to the signing of a Procedural Agreement which Unite believed would provide a fair way to deal with workers concerns.
However Unite members have now intimated that a hostile culture has developed within Lothian Buses that is creating an environment where workers fear for their jobs and are being denied the opportunity to raise concerns directly.
Unite representatives have tried to raise industrial and procedural issues with Lothian Buses senior management, including a failure by the company to enter into meaningful discussions around workplace practices. However this has been met with blatant disregard.
To add insult to injury key reps have been told by management they have been refused leave to meet City of Edinburgh Council officials ahead of the controversial tram extension proposals, which is very concerning to our members.
Unite regional officer, Lyn Turner said: “Our members have real concerns about their jobs, terms and conditions in the future with the proposed tram extension. To refuse leave to debate the impact of the proposals on our members livelihoods is nothing short of a disgrace.
“Unite is keen to work with Lothian Buses to avoid a complete breakdown in relations between company management and the workforce, but they must be prepared to enter into genuine and meaningful dialogue. It’s that simple.
“Make no bones about it, unless management at Lothian Buses take their side of industrial relations seriously, they will have a dispute on their hands.
Clearly signing the Agreement last year, was a token gesture by Lothian Buses management in a bid to avoid a strike. We will not be diverted next time around, should it come to that.”
For more information contact Mr Lyn Turner on 07980871394
Notes to editor:
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.