9 Dec 2011

Weymouth drivers threaten strike during Olympics

Weymouth, Dorset
Drivers at First Bus are threatening to ‘cause chaos’ by striking during the Olympics. First Weymouth drivers claim they are the worst paid drivers in the region and have rejected a two-year pay deal.
Threats of strike action come after First Bus Group was announced as an official Games transport provider. Final talks about pay will be held between unions and management on December 14.
One Weymouth driver, who didn’t wish to be named, said: “We are looking at industrial action and we’re thinking about striking during the Olympics if we don’t achieve this pay deal... There are about 100 drivers who are prepared to walk out. We’re thinking about half day strikes – it will cause chaos."

Drivers are also said to be upset because current sickness benefit will be replaced with a sliding scale attendance bonus scheme.
Drivers have rejected a two-year pay deal that will increase their basic pay from £7.70 an hour to £8 in the first year and to £8.20 in the second year. First bus management have offered for the established overtime rate to go up from £8.88 an hour to £9.18 an hour in the first year and £9.28 an hour in the second year.

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