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Pickets on Huddersfield buses refuse to be divided

by Martin Jones
Issue No. 2482

Some 190 bus drivers in the Unite union struck in Huddersfield on Monday of this week.

The 24-hour strike was against a First Bus management’s attempt to impose different conditions on new starters.

They will no longer qualify for an extra week’s holiday when they reach a certain length of service.

The workers say this is the first time something like this has been tried in the area and if they do not take action bosses will keep coming back for more.

The workers were adamant that there should be one rate for the job. They said that the divisive changes will make it easier for management to divide and rule. They are especially annoyed because they agreed a new deal in July, only for management to then say it was dependent on these changes.

The strike has been very effective with only a very few buses out, driven by managers.

Management are taking a very hard line. Bosses even threatened the union with an injunction because they were picketing the bus station as well as the depot.

Stagecoach strike suspended in Norfolk

A planned 24-hour strike of RMT union members working on Stagecoach buses in Norfolk set for Tuesday of last week was suspended.

Workers are to ballot on a revised offer from bosses.

They had voted for the walkout by nearly nine to one in the dispute over pay and conditions.

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Tue 1 Dec 2015, 17:32 GMT
Issue No. 2482
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