Win! Bournemouth bus bosses drop assault charges against Unite convenor

Bosses at Yellow Buses have dropped all charges against a Unite convenor and bus driver who was wrongly dragged through an unnecessary disciplinary process after being assaulted by a passenger.

Unite has called off its ballot for industrial action at the Bournemouth bus company. Hundreds of bus workers had demanded a strike ballot to hold bosses to account for attempting to sack their senior union representative. Martin Conder, 52, was put on a final written warning, but on Friday the company rescinded all charges against the senior convenor.

Unite regional officer Janet Wall said: “I am pleased to announce that following the appeal meeting, the company agreed the sanction was excessive and dropped all charges. Martin Conder is a well-respected union representative with an unblemished record. This whole debacle could have easily been avoided because Martin had done nothing wrong. His name has been cleared and the industrial action ballot has been called off.

“Unite will always robustly defend our union representatives against mistreatment by bosses. We are pleased that we can now move on and our members can get back to business as usual for the residents of Bournemouth.”

Yellow Buses carries just under 15 million passengers a year on its fleet of 140 buses across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset.

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