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Bus maker strikers call for more cash as company’s profits soar

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Issue 2372

Some 650 Unite union workers at the Alexander Dennis factory in Falkirk began a 48-hour strike last Sunday over pay. This followed a 48-hour walkout on Thursday and Friday of last week. Workers voted by three to one to reject a 6.5 percent pay offer over two years and launch a series of strikes. They also backed an indefinite overtime ban.

GMB union members refused to cross Unite picket lines, despite bosses’ threats. Alexander Dennis builds buses and coaches. It has reported a 56 percent rise in profits. Boss Colin Robertson grabbed an 89 percent increase. Workers’ last two-year pay deal over 2011-12 gave them 8 percent.

Unite convenor David Orr, said, “Before the strike members would have settled for 4 percent a year for two years. “Now that we’re on strike we want a 5 percent increase this year before we’ll call off the action. If our two strikes don’t get a positive response, we will give notice of more action to follow.”

Dave Sherry

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