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Three-day strike planned at First Bus in Bradford

Issue No. 2131

More than 500 bus drivers employed by First Bus in Bradford are set to strike for three days from Wednesday of next week in a dispute over pay.

The Unite union is demanding a flat rate of £10 an hour – drivers at the Bradford depot currently earn between £6.27 and £9.50 an hour.

The union has been negotiating over this pay deal since February. The company’s “final offer” amounts to a 3.6 percent offer – a rise of just 35p per hour.

Further three-day strikes have been called starting on 7 and 21 January.

A planned strike by more than 100 drivers at Stagecoach in Worthing was called off last week after Unite union members accepted a new pay offer. The offer is a two-year deal, with 6.5 percent backdated to July and another 2 percent rise in January 2010.

Bradford strike called off. See » Ballot at First Bus in Bradford

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Tue 9 Dec 2008, 18:04 GMT
Issue No. 2131
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