Lothian drivers’ strike suspended

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Strike action by Lothian drivers scheduled for Friday 2 August, the first day of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was suspended on Wednesday 31 July after additional proposals were tabled by the operator. The action, called amid allegations of bullying and harassment, was suspended for two weeks to allow the revised offer to be put to drivers in a ballot on 9 August. Unite Regional Secretary Lyn Turner said: “We are confident these latest proposals will give our members the assurances they require to positively address this long running issue.”

It is reported that the new proposals include a 2.7% pay rise, along with measures to address the concerns raised.

Richard Hall, Managing Director of Lothian Buses, said: “Positive talks with Unite have led to a deal being agreed between Lothian and union officials which will suspend Friday’s proposed strike action. Unite will now take forward the jointly agreed proposals to their members with a recommendation for acceptance. It is the hope of both parties that this agreement will be passed in order to avoid any industrial action.”

Councillors and stakeholders alike welcomed the move which will bring much relief to the travelling public at what is a very busy time of year in the city.


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