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Bus makers vote to strike

Issue No. 2370

Around 900 workers at Britain’s largest, and Scotland’s only, bus makers could walk out in a dispute over pay later this month.

Unite union members at Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) have rejected bosses’ latest 3.5 percent pay offer.

Three quarters voted to strike on an 80 percent turnout. A two-day strike is set to begin from 6am on 19 September.

Workers started an indefinite overtime ban on Friday of last week. 

Bosses can afford the 4 percent pay increase the workers demand—its profits went up by 56 percent last year. The CEO grabbed an 89 percent pay rise in 2012.

Workers are furious—not least because they voluntarily worked a three-day week for months throughout 2009/10 and helped to boost ADL’s profits.

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Tue 10 Sep 2013, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2370
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