Unite members at First Aberdeen have voted to accept a new pay offer and avert strike action during the festive period. The union balloted their Aberdeen bus drivers, cleaners and other ancillary staff following two days of negotiations earlier this week. The result of the ballot showed 80% of staff were in favour of the new deal.
Strikes had been called on December 15, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29 and 31, following an overwhelming vote for industrial action by their members last week. However, after protracted discussions between union officials and First Aberdeen management, the latter drafted a revised offer, amounting to a 3% rise for this year and next year, backdated to last April. The union also gained a guarantee from the company that there will be no changes to the terms and conditions of employees for at least the next five years.