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Jersey bus drivers to strike for five days in support ...

Jersey bus drivers to strike for five days in support of sacked driver

14 August 2013

More than 60 Jersey bus drivers will strike for five days later this month in support of the reinstatement of a sacked colleague, Unite, the largest union in the Channel Islands, said today (Wednesday 14 August).

The two day strike by 66 drivers and five other staff, who work for LibertyBus, will begin from 04.00 Thursday 22 August and end at 04.00 on Saturday 24 August.

A further three day strike will 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 has now been settled. Talks on the shift patterns are continuing between Unite and the company under the auspices of the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS).

Unite regional officer Nick Corbel said: “Our members will be striking for five days in support of their colleague who was unfairly dismissed by LibertyBus.

“Our members feel very strongly about this and Unite calls on the company to reinstate the driver before these strikes cause massive disruption to bus services in Jersey.

“Unite’s door is open for talks on this issue before the strikes begin.”

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For further information please contact Nick Corbel on 01534 872 584 or 07797 742913 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.