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Bus workers

by Paul Sillett
Issue No. 1872

BUS WORKERS in Warrington took strike action on Thursday of last week. It was the fourth time they have taken action in their dispute over pay and conditions.

The strike by TGWU members was solid with a lively picket line in the early hours of the morning.

Pickets said that management had pleaded with them to return to work. One striking bus worker told Socialist Worker, 'We feel that our employers, WBT, are likely to cough up more money soon. They say they're offering us over 8 percent with 4 percent backdated.

'But when you work it out, it amounts to 6 percent.'

The workers said the dispute was also about an arrogant management culture and petty rules and regulations:

'If your tie and top button aren't done up then certain gaffers are on your back.'

Bosses at WBT were rattled by the strike.

A steward told Socialist Worker, 'We'll be out again this Friday and we'll keep coming out until we win.'

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Sat 11 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1872
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