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Abellio Surrey bus workers vote to accept improved offer

Issue No. 2317

Abellio bus workers on strike earlier this month (Pic: Rob Owen)

Abellio bus workers on strike earlier this month (Pic: Rob Owen)

Bus workers at Abellio Surrey have settled their pay dispute after the company made them an improved offer.

The workers struck for 24 hours in August and had been threatening to escalate their action.

The 120 workers, members of the Unite union, voted overwhelmingly to accept a 2.35 percent pay rise effective from 5 January.

Abellio had previously offered 1.5 percent while the union wanted 4 percent.

“Abellio have managed three years now of under inflation rises—but they went too far this time by threatening to freeze our pay altogether,” one worker told Socialist Worker.

“This put our backs to the wall and we struck to win a pay rise. Drivers have seen the success of the strike and are already saying the next pay rise had better be above inflation.

“A serious lack of investment by Abellio has left the fleet in poor condition. This is the next thing we intend to sort out. The majority of the garage has now joined Unite, so we should have the power to achieve this.”

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» Surrey bus workers to strike against pay freeze

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Mon 27 Aug 2012, 17:05 BST
Issue No. 2317
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