Bus drivers and other staff working for LibertyBus on Jersey have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over the unfair dismissals of two drivers and the imposition of excessive shift patterns.
Unite, the largest union in the Channel Islands, called for the hardline management at the bus company to hold talks under the auspices of the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS).
Unite said that it would announce strike dates next week, after its members, in two separate ballots, voted overwhelmingly for strike action and industrial action short of a strike over the dismissal of the drivers and the new excessive shift patterns.
Unite regional officer Nick Corbel said: “We are calling on LibertyBus to enter into meaningful and positive talks with Unite to resolve this dispute.
“When LibertyBus took over the island’s bus service, we understood from the Transport and Technical Services department of the States of Jersey government that there would be no changes in our members’ terms and conditions.
“LibertyBus has not honoured this understanding and our members are rightly angry at the hardline attitude the company has taken against our members, including the unfair dismissal of two drivers.
“The excessive shift patterns could mean the drivers being available for work for up to 13 hours, but only being paid for nine hours. This is fundamentally unfair.”
For further information please contact Nick Corbel on 01534 872 585 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.