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Injuries follow bus strike breaking

Issue No. 2169

Two pedestrians were seriously injured in a collision between a strike-breaking bus and a lorry in Cowes on the Isle of Wight at the weekend. Police are investigating the incident.

Transport giant Go Ahead spent thousands of pounds bringing people to the Isle of Wight to drive replacement buses in an attempt to undercut strike action by workers at the Southern Vectis company.

The RMT union members at Southern Vectis struck for 48 hours from Friday of last week as part of their battle against a pay freeze. They also held a solid 24-hour strike the week before.

RMT reps pointed out that it would have cost Go Ahead less money to settle the dispute than it is costing them to bring people in to break the strike.

But Go Ahead seems more intent on holding the line on a pay freeze – despite continuing to make huge profits out of the bus industry.

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Tue 15 Sep 2009, 19:34 BST
Issue No. 2169
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