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Blockades, ballots and strikes on the buses

Issue No. 2244

Blockade in Preston

Around 30 residents of Avenham in Preston blockaded a Stagecoach bus depot (pictured above) on Thursday of last week.

The protest was over the amount and speed of traffic created by the depot, which is in the middle of a residential area. The protest was called by independent socialist councillor Michael Lavalette.

Nick Clark, Preston

Ballot may begin over wage cuts

Drivers working for the East London Bus Group are meeting this week to vote on whether to begin a ballot for strikes.

The Unite union members are facing a serious attack on pay and conditions. Bosses are demanding a 15 percent wage cut—or the sacking of 250 workers with only statutory redundancy pay.

For many workers the cut will mean losing around £100 a week.

Strike at Stagecoach

Some 20 Stagecoach drivers working out of the Berry Hill depot in Coleford, Gloucestershire, struck on Friday of last week over poor working conditions.

Drivers are worried about having to drive buses that they say are no longer fit for use.


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Tue 22 Mar 2011, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2244
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