12 Feb 2013

Wilts and Dorset vote 70% for strikes

Drivers in the South West of England have voted for strikes after managers warned their jobs were at risk unless they accepted severe cuts to their working conditions. The ballot of 500 workers showed 70% in favour of strikes with an even bigger majority voting for other forms of action.
RMT members at Wilts and Dorset buses, a subsidiary of Go-Ahead, are angry after managers enforced changes to their shifts, changed sign-on and sign-off times and imposed unpaid meal breaks – all meaning staff would work longer for less. The company is also 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.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “ The last accounts for the company show that pre-tax profits increased by 44% to £9.447m – money earned off the back of the workforce – but even that isn’t enough for this crowd as they look to turn the screw with an assault on working conditions that would see staff running round like serfs with barely a minute for a breather." Strike dates have not been named yet.

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