RMT will be balloting nearly 500 members across Wilts and Dorset buses for both strike action and action short of a strike in response to an all-out attack by the company on working conditions.
Wilts and Dorset is part of the giant Go-Ahead Group southern buses division which racked up a 44% increase in pre-tax profits to £9.447m in its last accounts. It has unleashed a series of attacks that will mean enforced changes to shifts, sign-on and sign off times, the imposition of unpaid meal breaks and a general assault on working conditions that will leave staff working longer and harder hours for less in return.
In addition, the company is now openly threatening that routes could be terminated and the company could pull out all together if staff don’t bend the knee and accept severe cuts to their working conditions. The ballot runs from 23 January to 7 February.