Drivers and bus workers employed by First Cymru buses in Wales are in line for a pay increase above 10 per cent thanks to a pay deal negotiated by Unite.

The deal which covers 600 workers across south and west Wales means that a typical worker will receive an extra 10.6 per cent in their pay packets by 2021.

The workers have received an inflation beating 4.6 per cent for 2019 with the remainder of the deal spread over 2020 and 2021.

The deal also helps to lift the salaries of the lowest paid drivers and will help to recruit new drivers into the organisation.

First Cymru operates around 200 bus services in the south and west Wales area, in and between Haverfordwest, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Llanelli, Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Maesteg and Bridgend.

Unite regional officer Sarah Davies said: “Hundreds of bus drivers across south and west Wales are getting a 10.6 per cent pay increase by 2021 with an inflation beating increase this year thanks to the good work of Unite negotiators.In 2019 a bus driver will get an extra 4.6 per cent in their pockets, but they’ll also have the certainty of pay increases over the next two years.

“The deal is a win win as it also helps staff retention, recruitment and lifts the salaries of the lowest paid drivers. At a time of economic uncertainty the pay deal shows why it counts to have a union on your side negotiating pay and working conditions.”

On 17 April the UK government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest retail price index (RPI) figure. It shows that prices are up 2.4 per cent from a year ago.


Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.

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