Bus Vannin’s decision to lock its drivers out of their workplace tomorrow (6 March) will bring buses to a standstill on the Isle of Man, says Unite.
The island’s bus drivers, set to hold stoppages tomorrow from 7.00 am to 9.30 am and 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm, have been told by bosses that they will not be letting workers return to work after strike action - triggering further disruption to bus users throughout the day.
The long-running bus dispute began last year after the Isle of Man government’s Department of Community Culture and Leisure (DCCL) instructed the employer to cut the budget for buses by £300,000, which led to the drivers’ contracts being terminated and new contracts imposed, cutting drivers’ pay by up to £3,000-a-year.
Unite national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said: “Unite has often been blamed for causing disruption on the Isle of Man but the ball is very much in Bus Vannin’s court now. Instead of letting drivers return to work following these short stoppages they have chosen to lock out its workers – bringing the buses on the island to a stand still – the blame lies squarely with Bus Vannin.”
For further information please contact Bobby Morton on 07799 114 236 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.