"The militants shot themselves and the union in the foot. People were so outraged by the wildcat action, Lothian Buses was inundated with phone calls.This is what the militants had been up to:
"There were elderly people, mothers with children, the disabled, even a woman in a wheelchair ringing up to complain. The next morning the T&G leaders realised they had to come in and take control of the situation. They decided they would settle a deal rather than allow the militants to run the show."
Regional T&G leaders, such as Peter Williamson and Sandy Smart, who have been the union's public face throughout the dispute, were in talks when the wildcat strike action was called.And how about this:
A small band of militants are thought to have waited until they knew the men would have their mobile phones off, before turfing passengers off their buses and returning to picket outside the Annandale Street depot. The drivers knew the union would not condone the strike.
Company targeted because it's wealthy and owned by the councilIsn't that all the more reason to privatise Lothian Buses as soon as possible?