Lothian bus strike called off as Unite win concessions
Strike action planned by Lothian Bus staff set to begin Friday [2 August] has been suspended by Unite after the union won new proposals.
"Intense negotiations" with the operator, Lothian Buses, has led to additional proposals which will now be put the union's 1700-strong membership before a vote on 9 August.
The strike action would have affected the city during its busiest period as the Edinburgh Fringe also begins this weekend.
The dispute stems from poor workplace relations, and a bullying and hostile culture at Lothian Buses by management, according to Unite.
Staff were subjected to "unfair treatment" and longstanding procedural agreements were regularly breached which directly affected the terms and conditions of Unite’s membership, the union has claimed throughout the dispute.
A previous proposal by the employer was rejected last Friday [26 July].
However Unite say that satisfactory progress has been made in the most recent talks.
Unite regional industrial officer, Lyn Turner, said: “Unite can confirm that sufficient progress has been made in negotiations between the union, Lothian Buses and stakeholders to suspend the strike action set to begin on Friday.
"Additional proposals were tabled which we will now put to our members and a workplace ballot will take place on the 9th August.
"We are confident these latest proposals will give our members the assurances they require to positively address this long running issue.”
Speaking to the Red Robin, a trade union source was critical of the way Lothian Buses bosses have behaved.
"The board of Lothian Buses have attempted to smear those workers who voted to protect their rights.
"Rank and file trade unionists at Lothian Buses should be commended for holding strong. Direct action gets the goods."