Action called off

Lothian bus strike suspended following new management offer

Lothian Buses: Strike off

A strike planned by bus drivers in Edinburgh has been suspended just 48 hours before the city welcomes thousands of visitors to the International and Fringe Festivals.

Unite the union confirmed that following a series of intense negotiations involving the union, Lothian Buses and stakeholders the industrial action set from Friday (2 August) will not go ahead. 

Lothian Buses have brought forward additional proposals which will be put to Unite’s 1700-strong membership over the next few days and voted on Friday 9 August. Last Friday (26 July), Unite members rejected further proposals to address the dispute issues aimed at improving the workplace culture. 

These were considered insufficient. The dispute stems from union claims of poor workplace relations, and a bullying and hostile culture by management. 

Unite said staff were subjected to unfair treatment and longstanding procedural agreements were regularly breached which directly affected the terms and conditions of its membership. 

Unite regional industrial officer, Mr Lyn Turner, said: “A workplace ballot will take place on the 9 August.  We are confident these latest proposals will give our members the assurances they require to positively address this long running issue.”

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