11 January 2024
RMT Press Office:
Bus workers union, RMT has carried out a survey of its members, on musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints such as back, neck and shoulder pain.
400 bus workers were surveyed with 78% saying their occupation caused MSK problems.
94% said their working conditions could be improved by the introduction of adjustable seating, steering columns and driver dashboards.
And 95% said the bus driver's cabin could be designed in a more ergonomic way with 94% did not feeling they were given equal treatment to office workers who ask for workplace adjustments.
As a result, nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of respondents said they had taken time off in the previous year due to back pain, neck pain or shoulder pain.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "These results are deeply concerning and underline the need for strong trade unions in the workplace, pushing employers to make the changes workers need.
"It is unacceptable that bus workers are having to take time off for injuries sustained at work when there is technology available that can easily assist them ergonomically.
"Bus companies are solely concerned with private profit, and we need to see all services taken into public ownership for the benefit of passengers and bus workers."
This survey was conducted with the assistance of Pailton Engineering.