Bus driver, 57, fired for ‘being too small’ is ‘overwhelmed’ after celebrity backing – .

Bus driver, 57, fired for ‘being too small’ is ‘overwhelmed’ after celebrity backing – .

A bus driver fired for “being too short” says she is “overwhelmed” after receiving heartwarming messages of support from local celebrities.
Widowed mother Tracey Scholes, 57, was one of the first women to drive buses in Greater Manchester when she started 34 years ago.

But last month, bosses of bus operator Go North West Ltd gave her opinion on Tracey – deeming she was no longer tall enough to operate their vehicles safely, according to Unite the Union.

The union said Tracey had been offered another role at the company, but with fewer hours and less pay – which would leave her in “financial difficulty”.

Tracey received her 12 week notice after declining the new position. She is now appealing the decision, reports Manchester Evening News.

Since her battle became public, Bolton-born actress Maxine Peake, Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh and actor James Quinn have all made contact to offer words of support, Tracey said.

“I could never have expected something like this,” she said.

Tracey said she was ’emotional’ and ‘overwhelmed’ after receiving so many messages of support

She declined an offer of a different role, which would have been for fewer hours and pay

“I’m overwhelmed and so emotional with this by the minute.

“People contact me that I don’t even know.

“It’s absolutely lovely to have that answer, it’s like a big family. “

As part of the fight to keep Tracey employed, her colleagues launched a petition that now has more than 1,700 signatures.

A spokesperson for Unite the Union said: “Tracey is a hardworking, loved and valued member of the NW / 5/4 Branch and the Queens Road family who deserves to be commended for her years of service to the traveling public of the United States. Greater Manchester.

“However, Go North West Ltd fired her because they changed the manufacturer’s specifications for their fleet of buses, which prevented the five-foot-tall Tracey from physically operating company vehicles safely. .

Petition asking Tracey to keep her job garnered 1,700 signatures

“Go North West Ltd has refused to consider any proposals from Tracey and her Unite union representatives to keep her in her job.

“This resulted in her unfair dismissal from Go North West Ltd for her ability to fulfill her role as a PCV driver.

“The only resolution of the company is to offer Tracey a position with the company which would see Tracey’s salary and hours drastically reduced, leaving her in financial difficulties. “

A spokesperson for Go North West, which operates 16 routes mainly in North Manchester, said: ‘We are extremely proud of our team of drivers who continue to do an excellent job of keeping the people of Manchester on the move. .

“Unfortunately, a situation arose where we had to terminate the employment of a driver. This is a complex matter and the appeal process is ongoing.

“Therefore, we are not in a position to comment further at this stage.”

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