This meeting calls for the reinstatement of bus driver David O’Sullivan, sacked for upholding workers’ rights to health and safety during a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 60 bus workers in London.
O’Sullivan, 57, was sacked on February 3, after he sounded the alarm over the spread of infections at Cricklewood bus garage. The rate of fatalities among London bus drivers is three times the national average, with the families of those killed demanding answers.
That a bus driver has been sacked for upholding his colleagues’ rights to a safe and secure workplace under Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act (1996) is a serious assault on the democratic and social rights of the working class.
We stand in solidarity with London bus drivers and key workers everywhere whose safety has been sacrificed to protect the profits of the corporations, their shareholders and the super-rich. We condemn the actions of Unite the union in colluding with the bus companies and Transport for London, presiding over a hostile environment in which illness, death and victimisation is stalking workers on a daily basis.
O’Sullivan’s sacking is a test case for the rights of workers everywhere. We call on working people to donate to O’Sullivan’s legal appeal, send messages of support and organise resolutions at your workplace or community group. An injury to one is an injury to all!