By Sam Ord
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New strike days in First Manchester bus pay fight

Issue 2789
Dozens of strikers with red Unite union flags on First Manchester picket line

First bus workers on strike

Bus drivers employed by First Manchester have returned to picket lines in a dispute over pay.

Over 300 workers struck on Thursday of last week and Monday and Wednesday of this week. They are set to strike again on several dates throughout February.

The members of the Unite union are fighting after bosses refused to backdate any pay increase to August 2021.

August is the month when the annual pay increase was due.

Unite branch secretary Sohail told Socialist Worker, “We’ve not had a pay rise for the last couple of years. Even the pay rises we are getting are so low they don’t cover our household bills.”

Manchester bus driver Tracey Scholes is celebrating victory following a campaign in her defence.

Changes to the busses left five foot tall Tracey unable to reach the pedals when looking in the mirrors.

Bosses at Go North West threatened her with reduced hours or the sack.

But after protests, they backed down and agreed to protect her hours and pay.

More than 360 workers at Stagecoach bus depots in Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Coalway, and Ross-on-Wye could strike over pay.

A strike ballot began on Tuesday of this week and is set to end on Thursday 10 February.

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