Strike action at First West Yorkshire buses in Bradford has been called off after drivers struck an agreement with the company to resolve scheduling issues, Unite said today (Tuesday 2 February 2021). 

Unite, the UK’s leading union, said the agreement had been reached ‘amicably’ thanks to the hard work of all involved to find a solution. 

In December, nearly 300 drivers voted in favour of strike action against the company’s decision not to restore regular schedules upon returning to full service. The schedules were causing fatigue and stress for drivers, which was a danger to both themselves and the public.

Under the new agreement, First West Yorkshire will make adjustments to running times to reflect the return of near-normal amounts of traffic and reduce excessive duty lengths. 

Unite regional officer Darren Rushworth said: “We are pleased that this dispute has been resolved amicably and without the need for industrial action, thanks to the hard work of our members, dispute committee and First West Yorkshire.  

“All parties were keen to avoid any further disruption to the public, who have already had to deal with so much because of the pandemic. 

“Being able to utilise a workforce’s collective strength to satisfactorily resolve issues such as this is exactly why workers should join Unite.”


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