STAGECOACH BUS workers across Ayrshire were on strike again on Monday, demanding an improved pay offer. The action was the fourth one-day strike by over 660 bus workers in Stagecoach's Western Bus firm. The company has now threatened the main bus workers' union, the TGWU, with an injunction after pickets have successfully challenged managers and inspectors driving scab buses. Unfortunately the TGWU has responded by calling its members off the picket lines.
Drivers in the RMT union, which has around 50 members in Ayrshire, have now joined the strike. The injunction is a sign that the Stagecoach management is rattled by the strikes. Stagecoach boss Brian Souter faces an angry and determined workforce who have seen him spend at least �500,000 on a bigoted campaign to keep the anti-gay Section 28 law while refusing the workers a decent pay rise. Rank and file TGWU members massed near some depots on Monday. The TGWU officials need to match these workers' determination. The officials could call Souter's bluff by defying the threatened injunction and building mass pickets in a show of strength uniting TGWU and RMT bus workers.