28 Sep 2012

Wales: strike goes ahead after drivers reject offer recommended by union

First Cymru drivers and engineers will strike in South and West Wales on Monday after rejecting the company's latest pay offer. Union leaders met with managers at the firm's Ravenhill headquarters for crunch talks on Tuesday this week to try and avert a strike. The 'improved' pay deal of a 1 percent increase from January this year and 2.5 percent increase from January next year was put to drivers and engineers last night.

Frustration
But union members rejected the deal and will go ahead with the 24-hour strike on Monday from 4am. Unite rep Gareth Jones said that Unite had recommended the latest offer, but understood the frustration of the workers and pledged support from the union for the impending industrial action.

Serious
He said: "This is a serious step for them to take... The recommendation came from senior shop stewards. Our members have decided not to follow that recommendation which is their right to do so.
"We understand why they have rejected that... It is not a great offer but we felt it was the best that could be achieved through negotiations."
The strike will effect many routes. First serves Bridgend, Maesteg, Port Talbot, Neath, Swansea, Llanelli, Carmarthen and south Pembrokeshire, including Haverfordwest. It also runs Excel services and the Swansea to Cardiff Greyhound coach service.
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