Socialist Worker

Drivers demand bus bosses play fair on pay

by Esme Choonara
Issue No. 2167

Greedy bosses at a number of bus companies are provoking a series of disputes with workers over pay.

The highly profitable Go Ahead group wants to hold down wages but workers at some of their subsidiary companies are hitting back.

Drivers in the Unite union at two Go North East depots in Sunderland struck last week over an offer that amounts to just 2 percent over 18 months.

A second strike planned for this week was postponed pending talks.

Meanwhile drivers at Southern Vectis on the Isle of Wight are to strike on Thursday of this week against a pay freeze.

The workers, who are members of the RMT union, are planning to strike again on 11 and 12 September – which will coincide with the island’s Bestival music festival.

Strike action by workers at Bluestar in Eastleigh, planned to coincide with the Southern Vectis strikes, has been called off after bosses threatened legal action. The RMT union is to reballot its members.

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