Glasgow and Aberdeen bus depots workers get pay rise up to 9.5 per cent 

Unite the union confirmed today (Monday 13 March) that Bidvest Noonan workers, contracted to clean and refuel buses for First Bus in Glasgow and Aberdeen, have accepted a pay offer made by the company.

Over 100 cleaners, fuellers and shunters have secured a wage increase worth up to 9.5 per cent with all workers receiving a minimum of 8 per cent. Glasgow based workers have also secured the introduction of free bus passes as part of the pay deal.

The significant wage boost was secured by Unite after the workforce previously rejected a two per cent pay offer, and were on the verge of taking strike action before an 11th hour wage offer

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said“Bidvest Noonan workers have secured a wage rise at least four times higher than what the company was originally offering. It was achieved only through the threat of industrial action which our members were fully prepared to take. It's another win for Unite securing better jobs, pay and conditions for our members.”

Bidvest Noonan made a profit of £9.5m for the year ending June 2022, up from £5.96m in year ending June 2021. The contract workers in both cities were outsourced by First Bus in Glasgow in 2016, and then December 2020 in Aberdeen.

Wendy Dunsmore, Unite industrial officer said: “This is a good deal for Bidvest Noonan workers across Aberdeen and Glasgow. Our members’ strength and resolve forced the company back to the negotiating table with a vastly improved wage offer. We are pleased that the membership has accepted this deal. However, the dispute should also be a warning to Bidvest Noonan that they can't take their workers for granted anymore."