London Mayor fails to respond appropriately after being questioned about the lack of toilet facilities for Bus Drivers routes
The newly elected Mayor of London has failed to confirm he will make Bus Companies review providing adequate toilet facilities for their drivers. We are aware that many of the routes for bus drivers just do not have toilet facilities and the Workers of England Union believe that an appropriate amount of toilet facilities should be available on all bus routes.
If the Mayor of London cared about London then he should have insisted that the Bus companies immediately review the toilet facilities on their routes. That is not a lot to ask of him and he obviously wasn’t interested enough in London Bus Drivers.
Bus Drivers who need to use the toilet knowing full well that none are available must feel desperate. I would like to especially highlight the need of women bus drivers as well.
Although we are aware that this has been a long running issue, the Workers of England Union are disgusted that in 21st Century, London is still not much further ahead in conditions than in Dickensian times. After all London is the capital of the 5th Largest economy in the world so London should not be short of toilets for its bus drivers.
For example. here’s some places at night were there are no toilets for bus drivers. (Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, Holborn Red lion Square)
We have written to Sadiq Khan , the London Mayor to support a campaign. His office informed us that the letter was received on the 9th August 2016. The Workers of England Union has telephoned his office twice on the 12th August 2016 and the 18th August 2016 to ask that the London Mayor responds to our concerns and also to inform him that we will be launching our petition.
They stated after repeated calls that they will give us their response on the 7th September. We gave then another chance to respond but they didn’t – Please read the e-mail below
|mayor <email@example.com>; admin firstname.lastname@example.org
|Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:53
It is of real concern that the Mayor of London has not responded to our letter dated the 9th August 2016. In previous conversations, and in your e-mail dated 23rd August 2016, you stated that the Mayor of London would respond by the 7th September 2016. It is now close of day on the 7th September 2016 and we have not received a reply.
As I explained we are talking about the lack of toilet facilities for Bus Drivers on routes that travel across London. We all know that if someone holds on too long they just have to go to the toilet.
Is the Mayor of London happy for his Bus Drivers defecating and urinating on the streets or in the bushes around London? I suppose his failure to respond means he must be?
We ask for the last time that he responds to the concerns mentioned in our letter dated the 9th August 2016. We will give him to the close of day on the 8th September 2016 otherwise we will take it that he is happy for Bus Drivers to defecate and urinate on the streets of London and that he is happy for us to say so. It is obvious to all that he has the funds to ensure that toilets are provided and he is in the regulatory position over Bus Companies to make them comply.
We will release this story to the media unless we receive an unequivocal and satisfactory response from the Saqid Khan.
Workers of England Union