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Strikers stone Souter's scabs

Issue No. 1688

Bus workers

Strikers stone Souter's scabs

BUS WORKERS in Ayr, south west Scotland, staged an angry one day strike last Saturday. The 500 workers are furious with bus tycoon Brian Souter, the boss of Stagecoach Western. Souter has spent up to �1 million backing the campaign to keep the anti - gay Section 28 in Scottish schools. But he is refusing to give his workers an extra 20p an hour to settle the dispute.

The workers earn �5.50 an hour and want a 50p rise. Stagecoach Western has offered just 30p extra. Workers staged their first one day strike last week and angry pickets pelted buses driven by managers with eggs and stones. A drivers' spokesperson hit out at Souter's Section 28 campaign in the local press, saying, "Instead of concentrating his millions on that, he should get his own house in order first."

Bus services throughout Ayrshire were badly disrupted. A second one day strike was planned for Thursday of this week.

Workers at Norwich First Bus have narrowly accepted a service - related pay deal which will mean drivers doing the same job getting different wages. Despite this result, the closeness of the vote shows that workers' confidence is increasing and there is a stronger sense of solidarity.

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Sat 18 Mar 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1688
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