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Travel West Midlands bus workers

Issue No. 1997

Bus drivers at Travel West Midlands are set to strike this weekend. The 3,600 drivers, members of the T&G union, voted by 73 percent for industrial action. Talks were to take place between management and the T&G to resolve the dispute on Wednesday of this week.

Action is planned for this Saturday, then Friday of next week, and 8 May.

The drivers have been in dispute with their employers since October of last year.

They are fighting for limitations on maximum driving hours each day and for guarantees on final salary pensions.

John Tuhey, T&G regional industrial organiser, said, “There are 3,600 drivers operating out of 11 garages with one million people a day using buses on 450 different routes.

“We are looking to negotiate an increase in pay and a maximum driving time of eight hours a day. Currently drivers work for five and a half hours and then have a proper break.

“We want to see this brought down to four and a half hours and eight hours maximum time in any one day.”

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Sat 22 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1997
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