9 Oct 2012

Jersey: indefinite strike over contracts

Bus workers at Connex Jersey walked out on indefinite strike yesterday. They are protesting at the terms of a new contract which will come into effect from January – when CT Plus take over the routes. The strike is solid. Connex's website states "All network and school routes are canceled until further notice."
Jim McCartan, from Unison, said that staff "had been backed into a corner". "We have been given a deadline of Friday 12 October to sign up to this contract without negotiation or else they are going to interview outsiders, that's why we are on strike," he said.
One of the strikers' complaints is that changes to their contracts do not take into account their length of service. Some of the workers are members of Unite while others are in Unison.

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