Unite Scotland has voiced growing concerns for the health and well-being of the Bannockburn First Bus depot workforce. During the week it was revealed that First Bus was reducing services out of the depot after a number of staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

Unite has been informed that there are presently 28 positive cases of Covid-19 which represents over half the workforce at the depot, which follows a significant rise of positive cases in the Forth Valley region. The nation’s leading transport trade union has now called on First Bus to consider immediately closing the depot, and to provide full-pay for all those workers where it would be unfeasible to work from another depot or who are having to self-isolate due to the outbreak.

Graeme Turnbull, Unite industrial officer said: "Unite is now aware that there are at present 28 positive cases affecting drivers at the First Bus depot in Bannockburn and that this figure could increase. This represents over half of the workforce and Unite is asking the company to seriously consider closing the depot in light of the outbreak. This is a timely reminder of the considerable risk and sacrifice that our members and all transport workers undertake on a daily basis to ensure key workers and our communities function in these challenging times. It is also vitally important that the company conducts an immediate investigation to understand how the virus has been able to take hold and spread across the workforce.”