Unite Wales today confirmed that its members had voted to overwhelmingly reject the Company’s recent pay offer and will commence their 48 hours of industrial action at midnight tonight.
Alan McCarthy Regional Industrial Organiser commented:
“Our members at Cardiff Bus have been forced into industrial action by the employer’s refusal to enter into meaningful negotiations. We advised Cardiff Bus that their marginally improved pay offer was unlikely to be accepted by our members and, following their ballot, this has been confirmed. Our members do not take industrial action on a whim, nor do they want to see the general public inconvenienced. However, industrial action is the only means that they have with which they can try to persuade the employer to reconsider their position”.
Following comments made by Cardiff North MP Craig Williams, Unite Wales Secretary Andy Richards said;
“Mr Williams’s clumsy attempt to try and intervene in this dispute is very unhelpful and betrays his own political party’s inherent disregard for working people, and the trade union movement that supports them. Why is he not calling upon the employer to resolve the dispute by negotiating in a meaningful way? Our members have legally and democratically voted for this industrial action. Indeed their mandate for action far exceeds his own political mandate that he managed to scrape through with a couple of months ago. Perhaps he should concentrate on learning the ropes at Westminster rather than barge into complex industrial issues of which he obviously has little understanding”.
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