‘Pitiful’ wage offer rejected at Camelon factory

Unite the union can confirm today (19 August) that its members based at Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in Camelon, Falkirk, have voted to take strike action after the rejection of a ‘pitiful’ pay offer.

79.5% of Unite members participated in the strike ballot with 89.5% voting for strike action. The strike mandate follows the rejection of a 4 per pay offer by the bus manufacturing company. Unite represents around 400 coach builders and spray painters at ADL’s Camelon factory.

Unite members are aggrieved at having received no pay rise for three years in addition to the sacrifices made by the workforce at ADL in Camelon and Larbert with around 140 jobs having being lost through voluntary redundancy.

The company also rejected a proposal by Unite to move production to a four-day week (32 hours) from five days (36 hours) with it stating there would be no reduction in weekly hours worked.

Sharon Graham Unite general secretary said: “Unite’s members at ADL’s Camelon factory have made sacrifice after sacrifice. They have not had a pay increase in three years and the pitiful offer on the table is three times behind current inflation. Our members have no choice but to take strike action and we will support them in their fight for better jobs, pay and conditions.”

Unite is highlighting ADL’s ‘healthy order book’ as last year the company won contracts to manufacture 172 green buses through a second round of the Scottish Government’s £40.5 million Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS).

ADL further benefited from the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund (ScotZEB). Phase one of the fund announced this year awarded £62 million to nine bus operators and local authorities with a further 137 buses to be built by ADL in Camelon.

Pat Egan, Unite industrial officer, said; “ADL has a very healthy order book with hundreds of new single and double decker buses being built in Camelon. Our members have endured a lot of uncertainty over the last few years but they have continued to manufacture a world class product. ADL has an opportunity to prevent strike action with a fair pay offer. If the company doesn’t shift soon, the resolve of the workforce is rock solid and strike action will be imminent.”

In 2019, Canadian based New Flyer Industries (NFI) Group acquired ADL. The Scottish operation consists of the Camelon manufacturing site and the Larbert corporate headquarters.

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Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty