27 September 2012
Bus drivers win £16k for unlawful discrimination
Two London bus drivers have been awarded compensation after an employment tribunal ruled their employer unlawfully discriminated against them.
Marcus Farr and Len Graves won £16,000 from transport company Arriva after the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) representatives were threatened with the sack for wearing unauthorised vests carrying the union logo, the Mirror reports.
The pair explained they wore the items so other RMT members could identify them if they needed assistance - yet other drivers wearing their own vests were not subjected to similar threats.
Mr Graves - who suffered from stress when suspended by the company - was awarded £9,000 in compensation, while Mr Farr came away with £7,000.
The South London tribunal judged that Arriva threatened to penalise the duo for being members of the union and wished to dissuade them from carrying on with these activities.
Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, said: "This decision shows we will not accept workers being singled out over union membership."
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