BUS WORKERS employed by RoadCar in Lincolnshire held a fourth one-day strike on Monday in a battle over pay and union rights. Some 150 workers are members of the TGWU union. They voted by 89 votes to 39 to reject RoadCar's latest pay offer. The company, the biggest in Lincolnshire, is part of the Yorkshire Traction Group.
RoadCar resorted to dirty tactics to get the pay deal 'accepted'. It decided to take account only of the RMT union, whose members narrowly voted to accept the deal. Both unions have substantial membership in the company, and the TGWU won recognition last year after a dispute.
The workforce as a whole rejected the pay offer. But RoadCar didn't like the result, so it changed the rules. This sparked the strike by TGWU members for union recognition as well as pay. The action has hit services, particularly in the Grantham area.