Bus staff to launch strike vote

BUS workers have launched a ballot for strike action following a series of failed talks over Games pay.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

Engineers at First Group Glasgow say that industrial action is "increasingly likely" after being unable to come to an agreement with the transport giants.

Months of negotiations between the bus firm and Unite, the union representing the 148 workers, have resulted in a stalemate between the two parties, prompting them to vote on strike action. Should the result of the vote on July 9 be in favour of a walkout, the employees will most likely hold the stoppage during the Commonwealth Games,

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Eddie Duffy said: "First Glasgow management are treating their long-serving workforce with complete and utter contempt - they could and should have settled this basic pay issue months ago."

Talks between bus workers and their bosses stalled following the almost unanimous rejection of a 1.2% pay rise.

Fiona Kerr, managing director of First Glasgow previously questioned the union's ability to represent its members after they rejected the pay deal despite recommendations to accept it.

Mr Duffy said: "Unite is doing everything it can to resolve this dispute but the threat of action affecting First services during the Commonwealth Games is now a very real prospect."

Sport

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

169691

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Sussed in the city

Michelle McManus

Special cause helped me to keep off wine

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Hallowe’en, scaremongering reports and loom bands.

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.