The five days of strikes by more than 60 Jersey bus drivers, due to start tomorrow (Thursday 22 August), in support of the reinstatement of a sacked colleague have been called off, Unite, the largest union in the Channel Islands, said today (Wednesday 21 August).
The strikes were called off following talks between Unite and LibertyBus, when it was understood that the company would abide by the findings of the driver’s employment tribunal due to be held on the island this autumn.
A two day strike was due to run between 04.00 tomorrow (Thursday 22 August) and end at 04.00 on Saturday 24 August. A further three day strike was due to start at 04.00 on Tuesday 27 August until 04.00 on Friday 30 August.
The bus drivers and other staff had previously voted, in two separate ballots, overwhelmingly for strike action over the unfair dismissals of two drivers and the imposition of excessive shift patterns. The case of the second driver was recently settled.
Talks on the shift patterns are continuing between Unite and the company under the auspices of the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS). And Unite today described the progress of the talks as ‘productive’.
Unite regional officer Nick Corbel said: “Our members called off their five days of strike action this afternoon (Wednesday 21 August).
“This was after Unite understood that the company would abide by the decision of the employment tribunal into the sacked driver’s case due to be held this autumn.
“We are also making productive progress on the shift patterns’ issue which is the other bone of contention. We are working very hard on this to achieve a fair settlement for our members.”
For further information please contact Nick Corbel on 01534 872 584 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.