Unite Wales calls upon Cardiff Bus Management to “stop...

Unite Wales calls upon Cardiff bus management to “stop the misleading media spin and negotiate”

26 August 2015

Unite Wales is calling upon Cardiff Bus to stop the media campaign against its own workforce and work with the union to try and prevent a prolonged dispute.

Workers at Cardiff Bus have overwhelmingly rejected a two year pay offer from their employer and will be engaging in a series of one day strikes commencing on the 2 September.

Unite announced that over 540 Unite members at Cardiff Bus will be taking part in industrial action consisting of 10 strike days spread over a seven week period.

Commenting, Alan McCarthy Unite regional industrial organiser said:  “We are extremely disappointed that Cardiff Bus has proceeded with a media offensive against its own workers rather than putting its efforts into preventing this looming dispute. The company’s comments to the media yesterday are not only misleading but also extremely unhelpful.

"Cardiff Bus workers are very angry at the company’s intransigence to improve or amend their current pay offer. We have been working flat out to negotiate a solution for over 10 months but have hit a brick wall.

"Our members have nowhere else to go but to take this industrial action to try and persuade Cardiff Bus to rethink their rigid negotiating strategy. This decision to take industrial action is a last resort which was not taken lightly, however over 83 per cent of our members are taking the action which reflects the strength of feeling amongst our members.

"Even at this late stage I would urge Cardiff Bus to rethink, talk to us and try and prevent a dispute which would bring widespread disruption to our Capital City. I urge Cardiff Bus to stop the misleading media spin and negotiate”.