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Lively picket lines in Lancashire

by Derek Coleman
Issue No. 2169

Over 800 workers from First Bus in Bolton, Bury and Wigan struck on Friday of last week in protest at the company’s plan to impose a pay freeze.

Workers held lively, angry picket lines at many depots.

Unite union branch secretary Julie Lewis pointed out that there were four different pay scales for the same job, and some workers got paid meal breaks of 35 minutes while others did not.

The drivers felt particularly aggrieved because other sections, including management grades, had received increases. Julie said they “will do whatever it takes” to defeat the pay freeze.

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