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Lothian bus workers strike

by Raphie de Santos
Issue No. 1962

A 48-hour strike by Lothian bus workers last weekend was 100 percent solid. Large picket lines were formed at Edinburgh’s bus depots on both days despite some torrential rain on Saturday.

Management had put up notices in the drivers’ rest rooms offering to pay those who reported for their shifts at the weekend even if they did not work. Not a single driver crossed any of the picket lines. Their mood is becoming ever angrier. The council is offering a 5 percent pay rise over 14 months—an annual increase of 4.3 percent — with changes in working practices.

The T&G union has offered a compromise of the 5 percent but with no changes in work practices. Management has refused to meet the drivers to discuss the proposal.

Most of the drivers do not want to vote on the council’s derisory offer. There is a groundswell of opinion building up for an indefinite strike.

This would be particularly effective given that the Edinburgh International arts festival has just started.

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Sat 6 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1962
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