Bus driver fired for being ‘too small’ is ‘overwhelmed’ as celebrities send messages of support – .

Bus driver fired for being ‘too small’ is ‘overwhelmed’ as celebrities send messages of support – .

A number of local celebrities have sent messages of support to the first bus driver at a Manchester depot – who was fired for being ‘too small’.
Tracey Scholes got her notice last month after driving buses in Greater Manchester for the past 34 years.

The Manchester Evening News reported that since bus operator Go North West repositioned her exterior mirrors, 5-foot Tracey is too short to use them at the same time she hits the pedals.

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Unite the Union says bosses decided Tracey no longer had the “ability” to safely drive their buses and offered her another role in the company, but for less hours and less pay.

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Tracey declined and was given 12 weeks’ notice, a decision she is now appealing.

The 57-year-old from Heywood told MEN that Bolton-born actress Maxine Peake, former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh and actor James Quinn have since been in contact to offer words of support.

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

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

“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, leaving five-foot-tall Tracey physically unable to operate company vehicles. safely.

“Go North West Ltd has refused to consider 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. “

Tracey Scholes has been a bus driver for 34 years

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 a great 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 case and the appeal process is ongoing.

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

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