Unite the union members in McGill Bus Services have today (12 November) voted for industrial action over a pay dispute affecting the company’s ex-Arriva staff.

Around 50 Unite members, which includes drivers, shunters and labourers, voted by 85 per cent for strike action, and action short of a strike.

The action is scheduled to begin on 26 November. The depots affected by three days of 24 hour industrial action and a continuous overtime ban are Inchinnan and Johnstone. The other dates of action are 2 and 9 December.

The dispute centres on ex-Arriva staff being paid between 8 to 14 per cent less than their McGill’s counterparts as a result of a transfer in 2011. The transferred members have remained on Arriva Scotland West contracts and been subjected to successive pay freezes since the transfer, while the pre-existing McGill workers through several pay increases have now shot ahead of the ex-Arriva staff.

Kenny Jordan, Unite tegional industrial officer, said: “The pay catch-up between the ex-Arriva workers and the McGill’s workers due to the transfer in 2011 was achieved in early 2017. However, this has now caused a significant pay differential because ex-Arriva staff are now being paid between 8 and 14 per cent less than their co-workers. The tables have now turned.

“Unite’s members who previously worked for Arriva have been extremely patient and accepted that McGill’s rates had to catch up. However, this position has been used as a cover by management to suppress the wages of around 50 of our members for eight years which is not acceptable. The strong mandate we have received for industrial action is a reflection of the anger and injustice felt by the workers resulting in a series of days of action beginning from 26 November.”


Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is Scotland's biggest union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.