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Drivers at First Bus strike in Edinburgh

Issue No. 1970

Drivers who work for First Bus in Edinburgh took two days of strike action on Sunday and Monday of this week as part of their fight over pay.

From next Monday they will be striking one week on, one week off. The walkout by workers at First Bus follows two 24-hour stoppages earlier this month.

The 750 drivers involved are members of the T&G union. They are demanding a pay rise to £9 an hour with no conditions attached.

“Drivers in Edinburgh have not had a pay increase in the last five years,” said Sandy Smart, regional organiser for the T&G.

“Every pay increase before that point has been paid for with attacks on their working conditions and pension rights. They are at the end of their tethers.

“During the past five years there have been four or five managing directors at First Bus.

“And with each new person in charge, the drivers are promised that the situation will be looked at. But all they have received from management is contempt.

“We had a well attended mass meeting on Sunday and the drivers are determined to see this through, to stick together and to win.”

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Sat 1 Oct 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1970
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