Bus drivers in talks over pay dispute

Talks to solve the pay dispute involving about 60 drivers at First Hampshire and Dorset, and Unite, will be continuing next week.

As a result, Unite has suspended the 24 hour strike due for Wednesday to allow for the talks.

However, if the dispute is not settled by the end of next week, Unite has already given the company notice that there will be a 24 hour strike on Monday 3rd February that will hit the Bridport, Portland and Weymouth areas.

The management offered 1.5% for April 2013 - April 2014 which would take the pay to £8.50 an hour – however, the company wanted to claw back that rise by eroding terms and conditions, such as reduced sick pay, so the deal was self-financing.

To allow for talks to fully explore the issues involved, Unite has suspended Wednesday’s strike, but should the negotiations not reach a successful conclusion our members will take action again on Monday 3 February. **Our members are some of the lowest paid bus drivers in the country – 30 miles away in Bournemouth Yellow Buses’ drivers are receiving more than £10 an hour. They would like £9.00 an hour, without any strings attached."**

– Unite regional officer Bob Lanning