30 Jan 2012

East Lancs drivers vote for action on low pay

Drivers in East Lancashire are set to walk out on a series of stoppages over the next 12 weeks in a row over pay. Unite members at Rossendale Transport are unhappy at a 1.3 per cent pay deal, imposed last October. They have voted for ‘discontinous action’, over a three-month period, to put pressure on management.  
Cathy Rudderforth, Unite East Lancashire organiser, said union members would undertake a three-hour stoppage every eight days. She said: “The drivers are extremely unhappy... that the company has incurred quite a large amount of expenditure on other things.  
“Recently a new fuel management system has been introduced and a number of new buses have been added to the fleet... But you also have the fact that Transdev’s Burnley and Pendle drivers, who were already on £2 an hour more than Rossendale’s, have been given a three per cent pay rise."
Rossendale Transport Ltd is wholly owned by Rossendale Borough Council, which makes it one of the few remaining municipal bus companies in Britain. The council did try and sell it off in 2009, despite local opposition. But they couldn't find a buyer.

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