17 Oct 2012

Pay revolt spreads to Devon and Cornwall

On 1 October workers at First Cymru in South and West Wales struck for a decent pay rise. At First Aberdeen workers have demanded a ballot for action over their derisory pay offer. Now the revolt against low pay has spread to bus workers at First in Devon and Cornwall.
It comes at a time when First is trying to sell of many of its routes in Scotland and the North of England, as it doesn't think they are profitable enough.

Here is the report from the BBC website:
Hundreds of bus workers in Devon and Cornwall have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay. The RMT said members were angry at First Group's failure to come up with a "serious pay offer".
First employs about 500 people in Devon and Cornwall. Of the 300 who took part in the RMT ballot, 85% voted for strike action, and 92% for action short of a strike.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said the company had already removed the final salary section of the pension scheme and was now trying to "bind up what's on the table with a whole load of strings". He said the union would not be rushing in to strike action, but would seek a negotiated settlement.

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