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Drivers in Weymouth go long haul over pay

by Tim Nicholls
Issue No. 2518

Striking bus workers in Weymouth

Striking bus workers in Weymouth (Pic: Councillor Tia Roos)

Bus drivers in Weymouth struck on Monday in the ninth week of their dispute against poverty pay.

They plan to strike every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the next twelve weeks. It follows a two-week strike up to Sunday.

The 110 drivers get £8.80 an hour—70p less than First employees in Yeovil and nearly £2 less than drivers at rival firms in Bournemouth. They are in the Unite union.

The unexpected arrival of a cruise ship at the weekend threw local services into chaos as all the scab labour was thrown into servicing the liner.

Unite is calling for talks at conciliation service Acas. Regional officer Bob Lanning said, “The drivers won’t even consider suspending the strikes until we have a copper-bottomed agreement for a date for the Acas talks.”

Drivers are right not to trust bosses. They should strike until their pay demands are met.

Unite has called for supporters to rally at the picket line on Friday morning.

Send messages of support via [email protected]

Send cheques payable to Unite branch SW/8161 to Unite the union, 238 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8EG

Bus drivers and engineers at Brighton and Hove buses and its subsidiary Metrobus in Crawley suspended industrial action for talks last week.

The Unite members were fighting a “hardline management attitude”. But the firm has offered to take a “fresh look” at its management style, according to the union.

Workers had voted to strike by 71 percent earlier this month.

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