From J Barette.
IN cases of a monopoly such as the Connex bus company has on the Island, it should be a requirement that due notice be issued to the general public prior to the withdrawal of labour, so that the travelling public could make alternative arrangements during the dispute between employer and employees.
Unlike the employees of F W Woolworth, the staff of Connex are saved from total closure by a large handout from the people they are penalising, ie the general public. The new Transport Minister, who has inherited this monopoly, should ensure that this will not happen again.
A proviso should be written into the contract of employment by a responsible management to cover the period of notice to safeguard travellers and the company should forfeit 1% of the annual subsidy to restore goodwill and compensate the taxpayers who were subsidising a service which had been withdrawn.
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