People of Edinburgh see both sides of argument over potential Lothian bus drivers strike
BUS drivers in the Capital are set to take indefinite strike action from the end of next week.
The Edinburgh Evening News reported yesterday on how the Unite union has given Lothian buses the required notice that their members will walk out at 3am on Friday August 2, the first day of the Fringe.
But the stoppage could still be called off if the drivers vote to accept a last-minute offer tabled by the company which includes a 2.7 per cent pay rise.Here's how you reacted to the news:
Will a responsible adult bang some heads together, so tourists will be able to sit on an open top bus to see the city, but old Nancy won’t get to her doctor’s appointment to have her bloods checked; care homes and hospitals will have a staffing issue etc, etc. Cheers, well done.
Should adopt the Japanese method of running the service but not collecting fares.
The council will claim the resulting increase in tram usage as a huge success, which vindicates their decision to make the half tramline into a three quarter tramline.
Brilliant, I am going to enjoy driving around our pothole- ridden roads with no traffic jams caused by an excess of buses. And it will really pee off the tourists, ha, ha.
Good luck, and timed to perfection.
Best of luck to the drivers. I am with you 100%.
Tbf, look at all the rubbish they have had to put up with. Some really great drivers out there, they deserve better.
The hierarchy are a disgrace - best of luck to the drivers. They deserve much better.
Hope those tour buses stop too. There were five in a row yesterday all down Lady Lawson Street. Quite unbelievable. Good luck to the Lothian Buses drivers.
Valerie Thornton Hunter
Start a new job in the centre of Edinburgh on 31 July. No buses will be a major issue for me from Dalkeith, as how do I get into Edinburgh? Train, oh wait that’ll be horrendously busy. Definitely not my car...parking costs. Can’t wait! Feel sorry for the drivers, though hopefully the strike will be resolved quickly.
The management has to take responsibility for any industrial action. Striking is a last resort and never entered into lightly.
Solidarity always. Hopefully no scabs.
David Moir Withers
Good, it may stop the bullying from management, although don’t hold your breath. I’m with the drivers on this one.
Best of luck to the drivers Management are at fault here and the public should be behind the drivers. Solidarity.
Hope not, as I’m on early shift next Friday, and late shift next Saturday night. Can’t afford taxis.
Ah great, us nurses will get to walk to work. What a thrill!
About time these guys had a say. Yes it will affect a lot of people, but it will be better in the long .
Very clever, timed for the start of the Fringe where Richard Hall will likely be preoccupied with putting on his Jester Fringe show.
Quite agree with them!
Absolutely nothing worse than a bullying management culture. Or management who act outwith company rules and are protected by complicit higher management.
Kenny Davis Snr
Does that mean we can use the Greenways?
Excellent. I hope they do go on strike, it will be much easier to drive across the city by car without having the congestion caused by the ridiculous number of buses.
The drivers must be well hacked off to give up a day’s pay to protest against their management. Good for them.
The roads may actually flow fairly well then. Biggest cause of congestion in Edinburgh is Lothian Buses - four and five buses all waiting to get into the same stop causing massive queues, blocking junctions the list goes on. Yet it it’s your average motorist being shafted by the council and hit with tax after tax. Gareth Ferrol
It’s not about the wage rise, it’s about management changing conditions and ignoring the rules.