Leeds bus strike suspended

Leeds bus strike suspended as 1,000 workers vote on a new pay deal

25 July 2016

Leeds bus workers, who have suspended their all-out strike due to have started tomorrow (Tuesday 26 July), will be voting on a new improved two-year pay deal over the next fortnight.

Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the ballot result of the 1,000 bus workers, based at the Bramley and Hunslet Park depots in Leeds, would be known on Thursday 11 August.

Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: "The indefinite bus strike, due to have started in Leeds tomorrow, has been suspended after the company First West Yorkshire came forward with a much improved two-year pay offer after protracted talks on Friday (22 July).
"Our members will be balloted on this offer over the next fortnight and the result will be known on Thursday 11 August. In the meantime, the strike has been suspended and our members will be working normally.

"We appreciate that the threat of strike action has caused concern to the travelling public in Leeds, but Unite believes that the new offer on the table offers an excellent opportunity to resolve this dispute.”

The one remaining issue that has to be resolved is the dismissal of the Unite branch secretary, who was one of the architects of the new deal. Unite is awaiting a date for an appeal hearing with one of the company’s senior directors. The issues relating to 13 other members have been resolved to the union’s satisfaction.
Phil Bown added: “The dismissal of our branch secretary is very important to us, especially as he was one of the architects of the new deal that our members are now voting on. We fully expect that he will be reinstated once the appeal hearing has been held.”

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.