21 August 2019
RMT Press Office:
BUS UNION RMT today confirmed seven days of industrial action will take place in September on Bluestar Buses (also known as Go South Buses) in Eastleigh, Totton and Poole, after drivers, cleaners and ticket office staff rejected a revised pay offer from the company.
Having considered the matter and noting members’ rejection of the revised pay offer the National Executive Committee has taken the decision to call further industrial action short of a strike.
Therefore, members are instructed not to work any overtime over their contracted 40 hours and not to work on their rest days for one week commencing from:-
• 00:01 hours on Wednesday 4th September 2019 and 23:59 hours on Tuesday 10th September 2019.
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“Our members on Bluestar Buses have rejected the company’s paltry revised pay offer which is why they will be mounting a week of industrial action in September.
“Bus drivers at Bluestar are typically expected to work excessive hours at an average of 50 per week including at least one fixed rota of 57 hours without enhanced payments being made even though they are contracted for 40 hours only.
“The company need to come back with a realistic proposal to settle the dispute and until they do so our members are left with no choice but to take industrial action.
“The union remains available for talks.”