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No time to take in delays
Six out of ten bus drivers do not have sufficient time to take in the delays, says the member survey by worker union YTF: A working day to live with 2011. The survey is in these days presented in the media. One of three bus driver got health problems because of the work environment. On Monday evening bus driver Øivind Braathen from Lillestrøm interviewed by NRK 10 minutes and 30 seconds into the program. Here we are told that one out of three bus drivers got health problems because of stress, not being able to go to the toilet, not being able to eat and drink and stretch their legs and change sitting position among other things. And the reporter comment with: “- If it is a long time since you saw a happy bus driver this might be the cause.”
The delays mean that drivers do not have time to go to the toilet because IF there is time planned for it, the time is eaten up by delays. Nor time to stretch their legs. This leads to health problems, one of three drivers surveyed report that they have health problems because of the job.
The head of YTF Jack Nielsen and Head of UniBuss Meredith Agerbakk-Jensen is interviewed in the news coverage.
Talking about the “sour and grumpy” in an entry a few days ago, now on the 19th of April 2011 the workers union survey of drivers is released in the media. This was a bit of what I was talking about in the “Grumpy, Sour in Norwegian” blog entry. Now that actual blog entry is about the attitude in general amongst the people but it also adds to the work day as a bus driver.
Being a bus driver is a nice job, it is a very social job, and you meet a lot of people during your work day, no day is the same as the one before and you got different views from you window all the time. I actually love the job. Unfortunately we got a very little time on our hands to get there in time, take in delays and the 5 min breaks other professions got to go to the toilet, eat and drink we do not have. And unfortunately a bit to many people is to little understanding of the situation and ends up yelling at the driver for it. This also adds to a bad work day. A bus drivers working day could be so much better with more time to drive, more breaks, more time to take in delays, better roads, more time to let passengers get on and let them out, more time to sell tickets, more breaks and being able to go to the toilet, wash hands, drink, eat and walk a bit.
This problem is common for ALL in the bus driver profession and does not only concern one firm and one location. It adds to all who work with this.
Every company employing bus drivers should be more caring about their employees, be more caring about their health and demand better working day for their employees from the county. Having stomach ace, stress related symptoms and other such is not anything good or nice to have. It is a health issue. And the employer is responsible for every employees health. And besides being a problem for the person driving and working, and a health problem to those, if the health problem become bad because of a bad work environment it get costly for the social security system and the nation. And not caring for the employees health is also costly for the company. They have to find temps standing in for the person being sick, and they have to pay for the first days of sick leave. So not caring about the employees is not only being uncaring, but it is also bad economy.
All bus drivers deserve having a good work day and a good health. Don’t you think?
And having a good work day, a good health and good work environment also makes it easier to smile, easier to give a good service to the customer as they see it and the company and the nation saves money, and that is a win – win situation. So we can only wonder what make it so hard to care and do someting about it?
Well done of workers union YTF to make this problem public and working against the problem.
I totally agree with the survey.