First South West bus workers vote for strike action

First South West bus workers vote for strike action

10 July 2024

RMT Press Office:

Bus union, RMT have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over pay on First South West.

Over 300 RMT members took part after extensive negotiations with the company, failed to yield an acceptable offer.
As a result,  First South West members will take strike action for 48 hours from Tuesday 23 July. 
Despite numerous meetings, including sessions facilitated by ACAS, First South West's proposals were overwhelmingly rejected in a member referendum.
The company's latest offer was deemed insufficient, particularly in light of First Group's recent profit announcements.
Welcoming the ballot result, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch, said: “Our members have sent a clear message to First South West; they will not accept being amongst the lowest paid transport workers in the region.
"The company's offer to hard-working staff is particularly insulting given the huge payouts given to First Group boss Graham Sutherland.
"If First Group can find £800k in bonuses for top management, they can find money for bus workers."
RMT has expressed frustration with First South West's approach throughout and will now seek to set strike dates if a negotiated settlement cannot be found in the meantime.
Mr Lynch added: "We call on First South West to return to the negotiating table with a meaningful offer that reflects the dedication and hard work of our members."

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