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Strike called off at First Yorkshire

Issue No. 2164

Bus drivers in South Yorkshire are fuming at news that a planned one-day strike has been called off.

Drivers at First depots in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster were left in the dark about why their planned second one-day strike last Saturday was cancelled.

Unite union officials said they called off the action following a Court of Appeal ruling against Metrobus.

But there has been no challenge to the First ballot in South Yorkshire.

On the contrary, a judge threw out a previous attempt by First bosses to get an injunction to stop a strike. There was no reason to call off this strike.

Unite regional industrial organiser Steve Clark said, “There was a Court of Appeal ruling on Friday against Metrobus, which First Group owns.

“Our solicitors believe the Court of Appeal ruling could impact on the notice we have given to First South Yorkshire Ltd.

“Rather than be caught out by the ruling we have decided to err on the side of caution and not to take action on Saturday.

“We are awaiting advice from our legal team. We would hate to fall foul of the appeal ruling.”

He said further strike action has not been ruled out.

Meanwhile, workers who have democratically voted for strike action have been left in the dark about where the dispute goes next.

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Tue 11 Aug 2009, 18:46 BST
Issue No. 2164
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