I am still getting up to date with news from home, but I couldn’t help notice the development of the Bus strike there. I don’t know the ins and outs of this current dispute, but I have previously written over the years that this blog has existed, that there are ongoing issues there that have not been resolved and industrial action was a certainty. The question has always been when rather than if, as long as the issues have been allowed to fester there.
I am of the belief that this current industrial action is just the current form of the ongoing dispute there over health and safety issues relating to the new bus terminal design as well as concerns over changes to the working schedule. I am sure that in addition to this there are the usual personality issues that are helping to stir the pot, something that is inevitable really. However to me it is surprising that the issues that seem to have led to this current action have not been resolved sooner, as they seem to be nothing new.
My general policy is to support all industrial actions by workers, organised or otherwise. I may criticise certain aspects of tactics and strategy, but I am in general in sympathy with the workers in question. I will continue over the next few days to try to get a better idea of the current action, and will write more shortly.