Edinburgh Trams set for Christmas Strike action over 'hostile and bullying' management culture

Members of Unite the Union have voted by 69.6 percent in favour of industrial action, which the Union says underlines dissatisfaction with a hostile and bullying management culture which has victimised workers.

Turnout was 88.9 percent.

The ballot came about after the union said that "unreasonable and unjust" disciplinary measures had been taken against employees, and warned that a "damaging culture of blame" was in place at the firm. Talks are ongoing with Acas to resolve the dispute.

Unite regional officer, Lyn Turner said: “This result gives our members a resounding mandate for action. We are currently in talks with management and are hopeful that we can come to a sensible agreement which fully addresses our members concerns and avoids the need to take action.”

“Unite does not want to play Scrooge by interrupting Christmas travel for Edinburgh’s citizens, but we need management to recognise that our members have legitimate concerns that must be addressed. A hostile and aggressive management culture does not deliver a safe and productive workplace, nor does it indicate dignity and respect in its treatment of workers.”

A spokesman for Edinburgh Trams said: “We are continuing to engage in productive conversations with Unite to better understand their concerns. We are very hopeful we will be able to resolve the dispute in the near future without the need for industrial action.”

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