Engineers at First Group Glasgow say the threat of industrial action affecting the city’s bus services during the Commonwealth Games is increasingly likely as management continue to stall over a long-running pay dispute.
Following months of deadlock in negotiations to secure a pay deal for 2014/15, a fresh ballot began this morning (Wednesday 2 July) after Unite members kicked-out First Group’s offer of 1.2 per cent a year for two years in a consultative ballot by a resounding margin of 145 to 3.
Workers are angered at senior management’s refusal to raise the paltry pay offer despite four years of below inflation awards and recent revelations concerning a fat-cat pay rise for First Group CEO Tim O’Toole worth an eye-watering £2 million.
The ballot is due to close on Wednesday 9 July.
Unite Regional Industrial Officer Eddie Duffy said, “First Glasgow management are treating their long-serving workforce with complete and utter contempt - they could and should have settled this basic pay issue months ago.
“Our members have overwhelmingly rejected attempts to impose yet another below- inflation pay deal and we have faced frustration in conciliation efforts at ACAS where First turned-up with nothing on the table other than the previously rejected proposals.
“Incredibly we have Senior Director Fiona Kerr repeatedly telling us we need to listen to our members when the truth is First are not listening to their workers’ collective plea for a modest pay rise to tackle the rising cost of living.
“Unite is doing everything it can to resolve this dispute but the threat of action affecting First services during the Commonwealth Games is now a very real prospect and the public can lay the blame for any disruption squarely at the door of an arrogant First Bus management.”
For further information please contact Eddie Duffy on 07958 624149 or Peter Welsh on 07810 157931.