STM bus drivers calling for better security
You'll soon start seeing bus drivers wearing t-shirts, and putting up posters and stickers in buses and bus shelters.
The union representing STM drivers is launching a campaign calling on management to step up security measures for bus drivers.
Tom Mouhteros with the union says, among other things, cameras need to be installed on all buses that run after 11 o'clock at night, and not just some, to counter a spike in assaults on drivers.
"It's gotten to the point where management wasn't doing anything," Mouhteros says. "So we're taking action, we're showing out displeasure. And qwe're going to keep on showing our displeasure until management does do something."
He says in recent months, bus drivers have become increasingly the targets of verbal and physical abuse from passengers in recent months. Back in April, a brutal assault by three men against a night-bus driver on Saint-Laurent Blvd. was caught on camera.
The suspects were later caught.
Starting today, bus drivers will ditch their usual uniform tops for t-shirts with the slogan 'our security, your security', and Mouteros says they'll keep wearing them until their demand is met.
Photo: SCFP (STM bus drivers' union)