Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/17410

Posted on 16 September 2013 at 13:08 GMT

Warrrington bus drivers on strike, September 2013

Warrrington bus drivers on strike, September 2013   (Click to enlarge)

Warrington bus strike against pay freeze

Andy Ford, Warrington Trades Council

Bus drivers at Network Warrington are staging a number of one-day strikes against a pay freeze and also a lack of investment which they fear is setting the company up to fail. Warrington is one of the few towns where the buses are still municipally owned.

I spoke to the striking Unite members outside the depot on Wilderspool Causeway.

"The pay 'offer' is 0% this year and the same next year!" I was told by one driver, and the shop steward also explained the attitude of the Labour councillors who exercise ultimate control over the company.

The issue of pay seems to be the straw that broke the camel's back, but many other issues are agitating the workforce too.

"This company works like a secret society, you can't find out what's going on. When we met the councillors they were quite hostile - Labour councillors! Only Kevin Bennett out of them all has offered us any support.

"We had a better relationship with the Liberal administration when they were in power, at least they answered our letters.

"We did eventually meet the Labour councillors but it seems they are not interested. We worry that the company is being run down to sell it."

I asked if the likes of Arriva and Stagecoach were in the picture.

"There's been bids in for Network Warrington, we're sure, although this lot deny it. They need to invest to save the company. They loaned 650,000 but a loan is not investment".

I mentioned the frequent sight in Warrington of empty buses.

"Exactly. They should set the routes so it's busier, less money lost, so they at least break even".

We spoke about the modern plague of more and more senior managers, less and less shop floor workers.

"A lot of senior managers have been took on. One manager becomes three, that's how it has been going. The previous Managing Director has a lot of questions to answer".

The company employs about 230 drivers and the vast majority had obeyed the strike call with just a few non-union members and managers crossing the picket.

Strikes are planned over the next seven weeks.

Messages of solidarity can be sent to warringtontuc@live.co.uk

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 16 September 2013 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:

Warrington:

triangleArriva bus strikers stand firm

triangleWarrington Socialist Party: The battle of Winwick Quay

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangleWarrington & St Helens Socialist Party: Nationalisation and workers' control explained

Strike:

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

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleNewham anti-academies strikes

triangleDriving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

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

Councillors:

triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangleSix months on - still no justice for Grenfell

Labour:

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

Drivers:

triangleNorth West: drivers and housing workers escalate strike wave

Buses:

triangleHuge support for strikes of bus drivers and train guards

Unite:

triangleSupport the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

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

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

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