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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 June 2016

Buses parked three deep in Leeds strike

Striking bus drivers in Leeds photo Iain Dalton

Striking bus drivers in Leeds photo Iain Dalton   (Click to enlarge)

Iain Dalton

"They make 11 million in profits in Leeds alone, and all their offer adds up to is around half a million. It's a shame it has to come to this to get them to give us more." Those were the words of one of many Unite the Union members picketing the two First Group bus depots in Leeds on 13 June.

Over 100 pickets were at the Hunslet depot, while around 30 were outside Bramley. The latter was shut completely for the day. Buses were parked three deep at Hunslet around 8am. By that point the depot would usually be largely empty.

Management had prepared for the strike, sending buses to the disused Cherry Road depot and offering higher pay and bonuses to scabs and managers. But the number of buses operating was far less than the hundreds that usually run, probably not enough to run even the skeleton service that First tried to provide.

Drivers in Leeds are paid 2 an hour less than those in nearby Halifax. Bosses offered drivers a 3% raise for the year, half not be paid until January. Meanwhile managers have had an increase of up to 5% in pay and bonuses.

One worker explained that "in the past the union has just recommended to us what management has offered us, but this year they put it to us to decide whether we wanted to push for more." This more militant attitude reflects drivers winning a series of disputes in the last year or so.

Given the substantial disruption, most drivers were confident the company would be forced to come back with an improved offer. But even if Leeds drivers win a substantial increase, a logical next step would be for First drivers across West Yorkshire to push for a higher, unified rate of pay across all sites.

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EU referendum: whatever the result, political turmoil is ahead

EU: busting the myths that Remain is best for the 99%

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Letters: EU referendum


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France: workers' revolt against labour law grows


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Hilarious, innovative satire on state bureaucracy


Workplace news and analysis

Unison conference 2016: fighting leadership needed more than ever

GMB backs no-cuts budgets and steel nationalisation

Pennine Foods strike forces bosses back to the table

Hospital porters and domestic staff claim jobs and pay victory

Strike at Argos depot against contracting out of jobs

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School support staff mobilise against slashing of pay

Uber drivers strike against unfair fares

Lorry stoppage paves the way to victory

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Housing crisis

Action to defeat the Housing Act: we won't move!

Housing Act: landlords and developers set to profit

Generation rent demands affordable housing


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Re-open Chorley A&E - end the staff shortages

Hands Off HRI campaign grows from strength to strength


Socialist Party news and analysis

Systemic failures hurt kids in justice system

Them & Us

Socialist Party fundraising: punching above our weight


 

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