16 Nov 2012

First Devon and Cornwall hit again by strike action

Drivers at First Devon and Cornwall struck again on Thursday. The action by RMT members was over low pay, and follows a similar strike on 26 October. First had offered drivers a 1 per cent rise this year and a proposed 2.7 per cent hike next year in a deal which also tore up existing terms and conditions on sick pay and overtime.
Workers rejected that, and then rejected a revised offer which included a more generous price rise, claiming the company had deliberately dragged out negotiations so it could sidestep shelling out back pay.
General secretary Bob Crow said: "Yet again there's been rock solid support for the action... The company needs to understand the anger of our members over the penny-pinching approach they have taken. They need to get back round the table with our members and sort out a fair deal that enables us to resolve this."

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