First Bus Aberdeen Strike About ‘Decency And Dignity’.
Members of Unite working on First buses in Aberdeen have taken their second day of strike action in response to further attacks on wages and conditions.
Over 300 Unite members are facing a full frontal assault on their rights from First Aberdeen. This attack includes cuts to holiday pay, ending paid breaks for drivers, cutting overtime, and reducing sick pay by 30%. Members voted 95% in favour of strike action with 85% turnout, demolishing the draconian restrictions on trade union activity.
Unite have accused both First Bus and Stagecoach of offering huge pay outs to entice other bus drivers from all over Scotland to break the strike and undermine these workers’ fight for their rights.
Union leader Dougie Maguire said:
“Unite wants to ensure that the message goes out from our union shop stewards that solidarity with the Aberdeen bus workers is absolutely essential. The media have given the impression that this is just another wage dispute. It isn’t. It’s about decency and dignity and defending basic trade union rights.”
“Our estimates are that when you add up the cuts package it could cost many drivers more than £5000 in top line pay. This is a greedy multi-national seeking to generate more and more profit at the expense of some of the lowest paid workers in the country.”
“The First Aberdeen offer is for bus workers to work much longer hours for much less pay, much less sickness benefit and much less security. Thanks but no thanks.”
But the companies haven’t broken the workers' resolve - another day of strike action is planned on Friday 23rd, with week long strike action commencing from Sunday 25th.