A large section of catholic bus drivers are considering strike action over the sectarian postings of a group of loyalist drivers. On Facebook, protestant bus drivers boasted a recent trip to Scotland was catholic free. Among the comments made by the tourists was:
‘Prod trip to bonnie Scotland feckin magic not a Tim [Catholic] in sight’ and ‘Loyalist Translink on tour!!!’. Charming.
I'm taking a wild guess this was a trip to Glasgow to see Sevco 5088 Ltd. I hope the fact there was 'not a Tim' in sight, was consolation for the drubbing Inverness Caley Thistle gave them at Ibrox on Halloween night.
A Falls Road depot driver said, “It’s been a hot topic of conversation across the depots and we want to see something done. The unions are aware of the issue and all parties have copies of the online postings. If nothing is done, people are prepared to strike. This type of behaviour should be regarded as gross misconduct, especially as the company name was mentioned and that is just not on. We expect action to be taken.”
This kinda stuff may sound silly, immature and even done off duty, however certain Translink employees have been at this before. Five years ago, an Antrim man was threatened to be burned out of his Ballymena home and shot by 'colleagues'. In the same case the man had other instances of workmates hiding his keys, colliding a bus with his car, having unwanted deliveries and taxis sent to his home and his workplace, and threatening telephone calls to his home, a tribunal heard. There is form here, and it seems Translink must take this seriously. The victim of the above case received £79,161 over the sectarian abuse two Protestant colleagues subjected him to.
Translink is looking into the matter.
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