Commonwealth Games strikes averted as First engineers ...

Commonwealth Games strikes averted as First engineers accept improved pay offer

23 July 2014

Engineers at First Glasgow have accepted an improved pay offer, lifting the threat of strike action that would have affected bus services during the Commonwealth Games.

A fresh two year offer worth 3.5 per cent for 2014/15 and 2015/16 was tabled by First Glasgow management last week after 86 per cent of the workforce had comprehensively rejected the company’s previous offer of 2.4% for two years.

The deal ends the dispute where First Glasgow had initially refused to budge from a paltry 0.5 per cent increase for 2014/15, dragging workers through the conciliation services at ACAS and both consultative and industrial action ballots in their pursuit for a modest pay deal.

Unite regional iIndustrial officer Eddie Duffy said, “We were clear from the outset First could find more to meet our members’ aspirations for a decent pay increase and ultimately we’ve been proved right – 3.5 per cent over two years is a significant rise on the initial offer of 0.5 per cent.

“Thankfully the prospect of disruption to bus services across the city during the Commonwealth Games has been avoided but the management at First Glasgow should be asking themselves why they left it until the eleventh hour to produce a basic offer that could and should have been delivered months ago.

“We can now move forward but our members need clear demonstrations from First that their concerns will be listened to in future and that management will work with its employees rather than against them.”


For further information please contact Eddie Duffy on 07958 624149 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.

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Notes to editors:

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.