Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/15707

Posted on 15 November 2012 at 15:39 GMT

Phil Easby, RMT shop steward No.5 branch , photo Steve Merritt

Phil Easby, RMT shop steward No.5 branch , photo Steve Merritt   (Click to enlarge)

Bus strike in Plymouth

Steve Merritt, Plymouth Socialist Party

First Group bus drivers and engineers staged another 24-hour strike on 15th November protesting about management's unacceptable position of not giving workers a backdated pay rise.

Management from First Group has stalled since the beginning of April to meet the demands of drivers and engineers for an increase in their wage.

The RMT union and management have agreed terms but management still refuses to backdate the workers' pay from the time of the original grievance.

A 24-hour strike last month on 26th October did not make the management consider the needs of their workers.

The RMT branch number 5 has once again decided to support its members by having to take industrial action in order for them to be paid a living wage.

In the year to 31 March, First Group saw revenues rise to 6.7 billion from 6.4 billion and pre-tax profits jump to 280 million from 126 million.

Shareholders and managers receive their bonuses and payouts but once again we see the greed of big business and the increasing divide between the workers on the front line being paid little, with bonuses for those at the top on the increase.

Phil Easby, Shop Steward at RMT branch number 5 said:

"There is overwhelming support for this industrial action, not only in Plymouth but across Devon and Cornwall.

"Although management and the union have agreed terms, the company has deferred and stalled for so long that they will only give us our pay rise from December.

"Our members do not accept this as we started fighting for this back in April. We have had tremendous support, with 90-95% of RMT members at various depots supporting this industrial action".

Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, on an earlier visit to Plymouth said: "After the magnificent support for the strike action at the end of October we would have hoped that First Devon and Cornwall management would have come forward with an offer aimed at reaching a solution to this dispute over pay justice.

"The refusal to honour back pay deliberately watered down the value of the deal and that penny-pinching has led us back into strike action this week.

"The strength of feeling amongst the staff remains as strong as it ever was and the determination to secure a fair deal is rock solid amongst the bus workers.

"First Devon and Cornwall must recognise that and get round the table with us to sort out a deal that properly rewards this key group of transport staff without unacceptable strings and conditions".

Supporters of Plymouth National Shop Stewards Network and members of Plymouth Socialist Party showed support to our fellow workers struggling for a decent living wage.

We will continue to fight for the needs of workers and are calling on the TUC to organise a general strike against austerity and to protect wages, conditions and pensions of the working class.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 15 November 2012 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Plymouth:

trianglePlymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

triangleSave Plymouth's libraries!

triangleThousands mobilising to #KeepCorbyn

triangleObituary: Simon Gomery 1968-2016

triangleTUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Strike:

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

Pay:

triangleRetail sector crunch: nationalise to save jobs

triangleLocal government pay: fight for the 5% claim, fully funded

triangleDemonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

RMT:

triangleAnti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

triangleNationalise rail now

Devon:

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

Cornwall:

triangleWhy I joined: "Things have to change"

Bus workers:

triangleStrike wave continues

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

triangle13 Dec Labour 'purge' furore really just democracy

EU parliament, Strasbourg

triangle13 Dec Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2