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Striking to reinstate a dangerous driver

LibertyBus is astonished at the attitude of Unite.

One of the reasons they have balloted to strike is to demand the reinstatement of a driver we dismissed. This individual was dismissed for driving without due care and attention and injuring a passenger. The driver pleaded guilty in court and has been fined. We cannot condone Unite's position where they put their own agenda above the safety of the public.

As an organisation transporting adults and children, we had no choice but to dismiss this driver and would not be doing our duty to the public if we did anything less.

Unite have never approached us on issues regarding shifts. We are always open to dialogue but cannot solve issues until we know exactly what they are. We believe that the majority of our drivers provide an excellent service. In return they receive a healthy level of remuneration and this has helped to retain and attract many valuable employees.

A strike lets down the people of the island and those who use the service to get to work every day. It lets down the image of the Island at a particularly difficult time when the Island is in a race to attract more tourists. It also lets down the majority of our staff at LibertyBus who have not voted to strike.

We would like to reassure the public at this time that we will do all we can to resolve any other issues prior to strike and we urge Unite to call off the threat of industrial action at the earliest opportunity. However, what we cannot do is reinstate a driver who has been convicted of a crime and injuring a passenger.

We will, of course, inform the travelling public as soon as we have any further updates and we would like to thank islanders for their support and understanding.

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