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Bus workers

Issue No. 2015

First Centre West buses

Members of the TSSA transport union working at First Centre West buses in west London planned a 48-hour strike from noon on Sunday.

Two 24-hour strikes are then scheduled from noon on Thursday 31 August and Thursday 7 September.

The workers involved are at depots in Alperton, Acton, Greenford, Orpington, Westbourne Park, Willesden and Uxbridge.

They voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action. On a 70 percent turnout, 92 percent voted for strike action.

Union members employed as controllers and instructor/ trainers were balloted for industrial action when the company failed to address concerns about pay.

Drivers at South Yorkshire’s biggest bus company have voted to accept an improved pay offer.

Workers at First South Yorkshire were unhappy at a pay offer and the company board’s decision to end the final salary pension scheme. They had voted in favour of a strike—which would have been the second to hit the firm in three years.

Local management offered workers average annual pay increases of 3.6 percent for the next three years with drivers on the top rate receiving a £1 per hour pay increase by April 2008.

To protect members of the UK Bus Pension Scheme, the deal includes pensionable pay linked to inflation in line with other First operating companies.

More than 900 of First South Yorkshire’s 1,300 drivers took part in a ballot on whether to accept the offer, with 555 in favour and 361 against.

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Sat 26 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2015
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