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Bus drivers vote for strike action

Issue No. 2170

In a third day of solid strike action, 800 drivers at First Bus Company across Bolton, Bury and Wigan struck for a 4 percent pay rise on Monday (Pic: Derek Coleman)

In a third day of solid strike action, 800 drivers at First Bus Company across Bolton, Bury and Wigan struck for a 4 percent pay rise on Monday (Pic: Derek Coleman)


Drivers at Travel London West’s Hayes garage have voted unanimously to reject a pay offer from management and by 41 to three for strike action.

Unite union branch secretary Pierre Talla told Socialist Worker, “The offer was an insult. Management said they were offering a rise of £725, but they wanted to cut meal breaks and bring in a new starter rate that would make this a pay cut, not a rise.”

Many Unite members at the garage are keen to move to an official strike ballot.

“We have told the union several times that we wish to strike,” Pierre said. “Now we want to see the union deliver action.”


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Tue 22 Sep 2009, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2170
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