Behind The Wheel

Information for Transportation Union members

150 Workers on Picket Line

Some 150 bus drivers joined the picket line at FirstGroup’s Manchester Queen’s Road depot on Tuesday in a row over changes to conditions and bargaining procedures. The drivers have been in dispute for over a year. Bosses have cited “business reasons” for their attacks on agreed terms and conditions. A common theme among workers was taking a stand to stop management walking all over them. FirstGroup has plenty of money. It is a multinational company and recently announced a £5 million investment for 20 buses on the East Lancs guided busway. Bosses will have been unpleasantly surprised by the solid support for the strike and the size and enthusiasm of the picket. Although the dispute is about terms and conditions, this strike will have an impact on the pay negotiations due to start in October. Read More>>


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