Manchester – Fired, fought, loved – and rehired.
Brit Tracey Scholes (57) has had a professional rollercoaster, although she just wanted to do her job in peace: driving the bus.
First things first: The dedicated employee at the “Go North West” transport company is 1.52 meters tall and has been driving her passengers for 34 years without any problems.
Suddenly the buses were redesigned and that’s when the trouble started.
The exterior mirrors of the buses have been relocated. Tracey had to lean around a pillar to look in the mirrors. At the same time, however, she could no longer reach the accelerator and brake pedals for driving, otherwise a blind spot would have arisen.
Gas, brakes, mirrors – all together was not possible.
Tracey was supposed to be given a different job on the company’s school buses, according to “Mirror.” They were equipped with more suitable mirrors. Problem: the switch would have meant fewer hours and less money.
Tracey turned it down – and was fired after 34 years of service.
That would have been the end of the story, but the bus company didn’t count on the little bus driver’s great energy. She organized supporters who stood up for her. Demonstrators outside the company’s depot demanded that Tracey be kept on with the same salary and working conditions.
According to the Daily Mail, 23,000 people signed the petition and demanded their continued employment.
With success: the bus company has now announced that Tracey Scholes will continue to be employed as a bus driver in local public transport. She will now drive a different bus model and start earlier, but with the same salary.