Angry bus drivers and cleaners at First Aberdeen voted nine-to-one for strike action on Friday against a penny-pinching deal which would force them to fund their own pay rise.
First Aberdeen Unite branch secretary Mike Flynn said he was "well chuffed" with the ballot result. "This company is making a profit and all we want is a share in that profit," he said. "Our members are angry because First Aberdeen wants to make them self-finance their own pay deal. Their 1 per cent offer isn't even worth a half of that, because they refused to backdate it to the start of the pay period in April... and then they want us to give up between 10 minutes and half an hour of overtime pay every day in order to finance the rest."
First Aberdeen has rejected a 5 per cent pay claim from Unite, similar to that agreed for mechanics and other staff. Unite organiser Tommy Campbell said: "The company is completely out of touch with the workers. They should stop being greedy Scrooges and make their staff a reasonable pay offer." A series of strikes in the run-up to Christmas will kick off with a 24-hour stoppage on Saturday December 15. This will be followed by rush-hour strikes between 7am and 9am on December 18 and 19.
A First Aberdeen driver who posted to this blog wrote "the offer was not back dated and it has massive strings attached, meaning we have to give up more than we stand to gain! Not so much to do with a wage increase – more the threatened loss of working conditions."