Shocking footage emerged last week of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) dealing aggressively with striking First Group bus drivers outside the company’s Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, Manchester, over the outraged protests of the workers and in spite of being told it was being filmed:
The video, shot by Patrick Nielsen, is disturbing and seems a significant over-reaction to a lawful action. We contacted GMP to ask:
See below a link to video footage of GMP breaking up strike action by First Group bus drivers, evidently with some aggression.
If police are acting on behalf of a company against a lawful industrial action, this is of serious concern.
Please provide comment/explanation by return.
After requesting additional information, GMP finally responded:
At around 4.15am police were called to reports of around 50 people blocking the entrance to the bus station on Wilmslow Road.
They were covering the entrance and exit of the bus station. Looks like police have spoken to the organisers and sorted it out.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 198 of 10/01/18.
The response fails to address the issue of aggression or to confirm whether they were acting on behalf of the employers.
The video evidence suggests that ‘spoken to the organisers’ is somewhat inadequate as a description of what took place – at least one man was arrested for unclear reasons – and the appeal for witnesses suggests that GMP itself regards the ‘incident’ as rather more than a ‘sorted out’ conversation.
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