Unite members at Falkirk-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) will take strike action tomorrow (Thursday 19th September) after last-ditch talks broke down when management refused to meet the workers’ modest pay proposals.
ADL, 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 CEO Colin Robertson, himself the beneficiary of an eye-watering eighty-nine per cent pay increase in 2012, refused to match workers requests for a four per cent pay increase – the same award for 2011 and 2012.
This has left vehicle builders, who played a massive part in the remarkable turnaround of ADL’s fortunes, including months of voluntarily undertaking a three-day week throughout 2009/10, utterly dismayed. A first wave of strike action will now commence at 06:00 Thursday 19th September and end 05:54 Tuesday 24th September with an indefinite ban on overtime also in place.
Unite regional industrial officer Lyn Turner said, “Unite went to ACAS in good faith and hopeful that common sense would prevail with the agreement of a four per cent pay increase; a relatively modest sum given the company is revelling in record profits.
“Instead the justifiable expectations of the workers, the people who collectively transformed the fortunes of ADL only four short years ago, were met with arrogance and belligerence leaving us with no other option but to commence a first wave of strike action.
“It simply beggars belief that a time when ADL and its executives have never had it so good, they point blank refuse to recognise the very people on whom the success of the company is built – the workers.”
Notes to Editors: For further information, please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Lyn Turner on 07980871394 or Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications on 07810157931.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.