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Edinburgh trams staff balloted for industrial action

Union members claimed a 'damaging culture of blame' leaves them fearing for their jobs.

Trams: Union members raised collective grievance.
Trams: Union members raised collective grievance. © STV

Tram staff in Edinburgh are being balloted for industrial action after union members claimed a "damaging culture of blame" leaves them fearing for their jobs.

The Unite union is holding a consultative ballot and alleges disciplinary action taken against some of its members has been "unreasonable and unjust".

Union members raised a collective grievance in August claiming management were inconsistent in disciplinary matters, and said since then one member has been dismissed and others disciplined.

Edinburgh Trams said it has confidence in its internal processes.

Unite regional officer, Lyn Turner, said: "The management culture within Edinburgh Trams shows a pattern where the assumption of blame is the first choice of some managers.

"The management at Edinburgh Trams must know that workers cannot be motivated through blame or fear.

"Unite accepts that safety is the primary concern at all times.

"However the decision by management to escalate what we see as a few incidents that did not compromise safety to disciplinaries and sacking offences is simply unreasonable and unjust."

'We now have a situation where, because of the lack of rational decision-making by management, the trams may stop running.'
Unite regional officer, Lyn Turner

She added: "These matters could have been dealt with quickly and fairly. Instead management have raised the bar and meted out punishment well beyond what was necessary, which has led to the decision to ballot our members for industrial action.

"We now have a situation where, because of the lack of rational decision-making by management, the trams may stop running."

An Edinburgh Trams spokeswoman said: "We take the responsibility of the safety of our customers and staff seriously, and we are confident in our internal processes.

"We are disappointed that Unite are not willing to allow the necessary time for these processes to formally conclude. We are not prepared to comment publicly on confidential staff matters.

"This is not a legal ballot, and we are surprised that Unite have chosen to take this action.

"Our communication channels remain open as we aim to identify and resolve their concerns."

The spokeswoman said trams would run as normal in the meantime.

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