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Isle of Man bus strike to go ahead on Thursday

Isle of Man bus strike to go ahead on Thursday

18 December 2012

Bus drivers on the Isle of Man - employed by government-owned Bus Vannin - will begin a three-day strike on Thursday (20 December), after talks broke down. 

The bus drivers, numbering about 100 - members of Unite, the largest union in the country - have been involved in a long-running dispute over the Manx government’s attempts to slash drivers’ wages by up to £3,000-a-year. 

The strike action will consist of a three-day stoppage starting at 00:01 on Thursday 20 December, Friday 21 December, and Saturday 22 December 2012. 

Unite national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said: “Talks with the management have broken down and no more talks are planned. As a result the strike will go ahead on Thursday.

“Our members appreciate that this will cause inconvenience to the public, but we have gone the extra mile to try to achieve a fair and equitable settlement. However, we have been met by an intransigent management intent on drastically cutting our members’ wages.”

Unite members voted 90 per cent to take strike action over increased driving time and the reduction of contractual hours from 42 to 37.

The origins of the dispute lie with civil servants at the government’s department of community culture and leisure, which instructed the employer to cut the budget for buses by £300,000, despite the fact that the self-governing Isle of Man is recession-free with an annual growth rate of four per cent. 

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For further information please contact Bobby Morton on 01624 621 156 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • 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.