17 June 2019
RMT Press Office
BUS UNION RMT has confirmed that a 24-Hour action on Bluestar Buses in Eastleigh, Totton and Poole, after staff voted by an overwhelming 87% in favour of striking over pay, goes ahead as planned tomorrow.
As a result of Bluestar’s failure to make a decent pay offer RMT members will take action for 24 hours tomorrow - Tuesday 18th June.
RMT is making it clear that the company should be putting more effort into resolving the dispute instead of throwing money around, to tempt drivers from around the country, accommodating them in hotels and leaving those locations short of drivers in a drive to break the strike action.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“Our members on Bluestar Buses have delivered a massive 87% vote in favour of strike action in their dispute over pay.
“Once the company had seen the determination of our members to be rewarded properly for the work that they they should have got back round the table with a realistic proposal to settle the dispute.
"They have failed to do that and so the action goes ahead as planned.
" It is clear the company would rather throw money at breaking the strike than make a reasonable settlement with RMT. Bus drivers at Bluestar are typically expected to work excessive hours at an average of 50 per week including at least one fixed rota at 57hr without enhanced payments being made even though they are contracted for 40 hours only. It is because of those kind of abuses that we are demanding fair pay and workplace justice for Bluestar workers.
“The union remains available for talks.”