Unite members at Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over a pay deal that is ‘below expectations’ for a company currently enjoying a fifty-six per cent increase in profits.
Scotland’s only bus manufacturer recently reported a massive increase in turnover from £357 million in 2012 to £481 million with pre-tax profits up a staggering fifty-six per cent to £24.4 million, yet management, led by CEO Colin Robertson, himself the beneficiary of an eye-watering 89% pay increase in 2012, are refusing to budge on a 0.5% reduction from previous annual increases.
Vehicle builders are dismayed after playing a massive part in the remarkable turnaround of ADL’s fortunes, including months of voluntarily undertaking a three-day week throughout 2009/10 and successfully lobbying the Scottish parliament for the introduction of a Green Bus Fund from which ADL has been the main beneficiary.
Unite regional industrial officer Lyn Turner said, “We are dismayed that ADL management think workers who brought the company back from the brink less than four years ago should accept an increase that is below expectation while company profits and executive pay goes through the roof.
“It’s testimony to the workers’ commitment, modesty and long-term outlook for the well-being of jobs and skills in Falkirk that they are content to settle for the same deal that’s been agreed in recent years.
“Instead, the workers feel they have been left with no choice but to strike and the sense of injustice is reflected in the significant turnout and appetite for strike action.
“It’s not too late for management to do the right thing and reach a deal that is well within their budget - and we urge them to get back round the negotiating table that they walked away from - but without a resolution soon we will head into a prolonged period of industrial unrest.”
Seventy-five per cent of the firm’s vehicle builders voted in favour of strikes on an eighty per cent turnout and a forty-eight hour strike will commence from 06:00 on Thursday 19th September. An indefinite overtime ban also starts from 00:01 this morning, Friday 6th September.
Notes to editors: For further information please contact Unite regional industrial officer Lyn Turner on 07980 871394 or Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland communications, on 07810157931.
Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.