12 Oct 2012

Isle of Man: drivers reject 'recommended' deal

Bus drivers on the Isle of Man have voted overwhelmingly to reject new terms and conditions – despite the union leadership recommending the deal. Community Culture and Leisure Minister Graham Cregeen has warned that drivers could lose their jobs if the new terms and conditions are not adopted. Eric Holmes of the Unite union said the matter was now in the hands of the minister but that a ballot for industrial action could follow if an improved offer wasn’t made.
Under the offer rejected by the Unite membership, drivers’ lunch breaks will no longer be paid, sick pay will reduce to being based on 37 hours per week and maximum driving time will increase from three hours 45 minutes to four hours 10 minutes.

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