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Stagecoach Merseyside drivers reject offer and call more action

Issue No. 2221

Bus workers at Stagecoach Merseyside in Liverpool were set to strike on Friday of this week after rejecting a new pay offer that was worse than the previous deal.

Workers held a strongly supported three-day strike last month against a

below-inflation pay offer of 2.5 percent for the next two years.

They called off a planned strike on Monday of last week to discuss a new offer that was just 4 percent over two years.

Workers rejected this in a workplace consultative ballot following a meeting of over a hundred drivers.

Drivers report managers taking a hard line over overtime, swapping shifts and days off as they try and put pressure on workers.

It’s likely that more action will be needed after Friday.

The drivers’ Unite union should launch a levy to provide financial support to drivers to help them take hard-hitting action that can win.

Sovereign accept pay offer

Workers at Sovereign bus company’s garages in west London have voted to accept a below-inflation pay offer.

Workers rejected an original 1.3 percent offer but accepted it when management made some concessions.

This poor deal comes after the sacking of Sovereign’s Unite convenor, Abdul Omer.

Unite needs to act quickly on the promised ballot for strike action to demand Abdul’s reinstatment.

Strike ballot at London United

Bus Workers at London United in west London were taking part in a ballot for strike action this week after rejecting a 1 percent pay offer.

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Tue 28 Sep 2010, 18:03 BST
Issue No. 2221
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