Unite Wales has today confirmed that strike action at Cardiff Bus is “rock solid”. The company's bus service is running at less than 15% of normal operation levels having tasked management and trainee drivers to run a skeleton service.
Official pickets at the Sloper Road depot have been in operation since midnight and will remain in place for the duration of the 24 hour strike.
An official march and demonstration will take place in Central Cardiff today and addressing the march Wales secretary Andy Richards will say:
“Unite expresses its disgust at comments made by certain self-serving, publicity-seeking politicians during the run up to this dispute.
"I cannot believe that these comments were made on behalf of the Cardiff council Labour group, but I do believe that those who preside over a warring and divided house should not throw stones at the solidarity of workers in struggle.
"There are thousands of people across Cardiff who support this strike. They all have votes, and they all have long memories. Unite will ensure that those who attack workers for simply wanting a fair deal are held to account for their misguided and ill-informed comments.
"Cardiff Bus has disgracefully tried to spin this dispute in its favour by viciously attacking its own loyal workforce. All their comments in the press have done is to reinforce our belief that there is something very wrong at the core of Cardiff Bus. The company's 'lies' in the press have simply reinforced our members belief that it’s time to make a stand.
"Today’s rock solid strike should send a very clear message to Cardiff Bus and the politicians supporting the company line.
"We want a fair deal, and if you are not willing to negotiate then be prepared for the consequences because we are in this for the long haul."