Unite the union today (Friday 15 July) confirmed the result of a consultative ballot involving 1,700 members working for First Glasgow over driver shortages and service provision.
A total of 97 per cent of those voting in the ballot backed an industrial action ballot on a turnout of 71 per cent. This is a resounding endorsement.
Unite is also calling on First Glasgow to act responsibly and not follow its sister subsidiary First East which has withdrawn less profitable routes leaving communities isolated.
The cuts and shortages come as First Group announced in June a pre-tax profit rise of seven per cent to £114 million in worldwide profits. Profits for the company’s UK bus division were a healthy £52 million.
Unite members held the consultative ballot due to ongoing concerns over significant shortages in drivers resulting in a detrimental impact in the service provided to the public.
First Glasgow successfully bid for a temporary contract in February, which will be effective in the coming weeks during the underground repairs in Glasgow, but the company’s attempts to employ temporary drivers for this contract has failed putting further pressure on the existing workforce.
Unite regional officer Wendy Dunsmore said: “Unite members don't want to cause any disruption, but they are being backed into a corner to fight for jobs and service provision.
“We hope this resounding result to ballot for industrial action demonstrates to First Bus the strength of feeling among our membership.
“I would urge the company to address our real concerns over substantial staffing shortages and to get round the negotiating table as a matter of urgency.”
For further information please contact Wendy Dunsmore on 07764 655756
Notes to editors:
- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.