23 Jan 2014

First Dorset: strike well supported, but managers drafted in to scab

Drivers may follow up Monday's 24-hour strike in Weymouth and Bridport with another one next Wednesday. The dispute centres on the pay of the drivers, currently on £8.30 an hour, compared with their regional colleagues, such as drivers at Yellow Buses in Bournemouth who earn more than £10 an hour. Drivers also want the time spent behind the wheel in one sitting reduced from 5.5 hours.
Unite regional officer Bob Lanning said he was pleased with how the strike was carried out. He said: “We had a lot of people cheering and waving as they were driving by... There was even stronger support in Bridport and I think overall virtually every single one of our members joined the strike."
Mr Lanning said further strikes and other industrial action could take place if the company was not prepared to ‘come to the table’. He added: “If this does not work then we will be back out on Wednesday, 29 January."
Staff, including managers and supervisors, were drafted in from across Dorset, Hampshire and Berkshire to drive the buses during Monday's strike.
As a result, management claim that services were largely unaffected.

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