BUS DRIVERS from First Scotland East, West Lothian's main service provider, held a one-day strike last Saturday, as part of an ongoing dispute with management over conditions and pay. Many drivers began an unofficial overtime ban on Monday of this week. Further strike action has not been ruled out.
Sandy Smart, from the drivers' TGWU union, said, 'The strike is over unresolved grievances, for example, drivers not getting sick pay.The feeling from the drivers is that the company have not been honouring agreements made on a range of issues. We were hoping to have it resolved before this, and have had meetings with First management, who came up with an offer which the drivers felt wasn't acceptable. Part of the issue is also about money, and First weren't willing to put any on the table. The drivers have tried everything else and not got anywhere, so have been forced to strike.'
A STRIKE by 150 bus workers in Grantham, Lincolnshire, severely affected bus services on Friday of last week and Monday of this week. The workers in the TGWU union are striking against their RoadCar bosses, who ignored their rejection of a pay deal.
RoadCar pushed through a pay deal which had been narrowly accepted by RMT union members at the company. A TGWU spokesperson, Geoff Espin, said that the bosses had gone back on a promise to recognise both unions equally. A majority of the workforce rejected the deal.
Geoff Espin said, 'What RoadCar needs to do is sort out once and for all what collective bargaining means and whether to extend it to all of us or none of us. 'This is not just two 24- hour strikes-this is the opening of a campaign against RoadCar until we get them to actually do what they promised to do 12 months ago.'