The withdrawal of plans to reduce the hours of ‘Ring and Ride’ staff that could have hit transport trips of the elderly and those with disabilities in the West Midlands has been hailed as ‘a victory for common sense and employee solidarity’.
Earlier this week, Unite, the country’s largest union, had highlighted plans by Ring and Ride West Midlands Ltd to drastically reduce the hours of 20 schedulers – the staff that arrange the trips for those registered with the charity
This would have meant transport to old people’s clubs or going shopping being curtailed – however, following a welter of publicity, the company has said that the plans to reduce the hours from 38.5 to 25, with the schedulers losing £120 a week, have been withdrawn.
Unite regional organiser Bob Shaw said: “We very much welcome the company decision’s to retain the hours at the existing levels which is a victory for common sense and staff solidarity.
“Our members are proud of the work they do – and look forward to continuing to provide a first class service for the vulnerable and those with disabilities across the West Midlands.
“Unite would like to thank all those who have supported the schedulers’ stand – from councillors, stakeholders, those that use the service and the general public.”
Ring and Ride is funded by the region’s local authorities and Centro, the West Midlands passenger transport executive.
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- 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.