McGill’s Buses workers in Renfrewshire have voted to strike over pay later this month and twice in December.
The group of workers, which includes 50 drivers, shunters and labourers voted to take action over a pay dispute affecting the company’s ex-Arriva staff.
The action is scheduled to begin on Tuesday 26th November. The depots affected by three days of 24 hour industrial action and a continuous overtime ban are Johnstone and Inchinnan.
Strike action is set to continue on Monday 2nd and Monday 9th December.
The dispute centres on the fact that ex-Arriva staff are being paid between 8 to 14 per cent less than their McGill’s counterparts as a result of a transfer in 2011. The transferred members have remained on Arriva Scotland West contracts and have been subjected to successive pay freezes since the transfer, while the pre-existing McGills workers have benefited from several pay increases and they now earn noticebly more than their ex-Arriva colleagues.
Kenny Jordan, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The pay catch-up between the ex-Arriva workers and the McGill’s workers due to the transfer in 2011 was achieved in early 2017. However, this has now caused a significant pay differential because ex-Arriva staff are now being paid between 8 and 14 per cent less than their co-workers. The tables have now turned.
“Unite’s members who previously worked for Arriva have been extremely patient and accepted that McGill’s rates had to catch up.
“However, this position has been used as a cover by management to suppress the wages of around 50 of our members for eight years which is not acceptable.
“The strong mandate we have received for industrial action is a reflection of the anger and injustice felt by the workers resulting in a series of days of action beginning from 26th November.”
A spokesman for McGill’s, said: “McGill’s has repeatedly and consistently offered pay parity for the ex-Arriva staff since they came on board in March 2012.
“This offer still stands and we would hope that this group of employees take up this offer to increase their take-home pay.
“There is enough resilience within McGill’s to ensure that the strikes do not affect any bus services.”
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