21 Jul 2010

Sovereign drivers fight over pay and union convenor

Drivers at Sovereign Bus company in west London have hit back against attacks on their pay and union organisation.
Drivers voted last Friday in a consultative ballot to reject the company’s pay offer of 1.3 percent. The Harrow garage voted 71 to five against the deal, while at Edgware the vote was 80 to 18 to reject. Unless Sovereign significantly improves its offer, a ballot for strike action should be held.
A mass meeting on Friday of last week also voted unanimously to demand reinstatement of sacked union convenor Abdul Omar and called on the drivers’ Unite union to hold a strike ballot. Socialist Worker understands that Unite has now authorised this. Activists should campaign for the biggest possible yes vote when this takes place.

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