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More than 85 per cent took part in Network Warrington strike
9:20am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
MORE than 85 per cent of workers at Network Warrington walked out on strike as part of a dispute over pay.
The staff from the bus company staged a walk out on Friday, September 13, and last Saturday after negotiations between Unite union members and bosses at Network Warrington failed to reach an agreement.
Labour councillor and Unite union activist Clr Kevin Bennett (LAB- Fairfield and Howley) joined the Warrington Network bus depot workers on the picket line on Saturday.
Clr Bennett said: “I have decided to support the workers at Network Warrington because I know how desperate they have become.
“They have been offered a zero per cent pay rise, but there are also several major issues that are affecting the staff that work there.”
Due to years of mis-management, the company slipped from a profit of £1.4m to substantial losses today during the past few years, claims the councillor.
Clr Bennett said: “Having spoken to some of the workforce, it is apparent that they are extremely frustrated.
“They asked me to say to the public that they collectively apologise.”
Rob Gregory, who has worked for Network Warrington for almost nine years, believes the strike is causing more damage than good.
The 31-year-old bus driver said: “Since the strike happened, when I am walking to work in my uniform I have been spat and sworn at. The strike is alienating the customers.”
Mr Gregory, who has decided not to strike, is simply thankful that he has a job given the economic climate.
He continued: “The problem is that people at Network Warrington look at what we get paid and compare it to Arriva but they are a massive company so they are going to be paid more.”
The next strike will take place on Sunday after the company failed to lift the 12 month pay freeze with a further three to take place in the coming weeks.
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