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Aberdeen bus drivers threaten strike action

Bus drivers in Aberdeen may go on strike over Christmas, it has emerged.

14 October 2011

Union bargaining looks set to be required in order to avoid the possibility of bus drivers in one Scottish city going on strike over the festive period.

According to online resource STV, professionals working for the First company in Aberdeen are threatening to take industrial action at Christmas should bosses press ahead with proposals to cut the amount of overtime they can work.

Tommy Campbell - spokesman for union Unite, which represents the workers and has 1.5 million members across the UK - told the news source these plans would cost each bus driver between £500 and £1000 annually.

Currently, employees can earn around £70 per day if they decide to work when on holiday, but they would be ineligible for such sums under prospective new rules.

Mr Campbell labelled the decision "quite disgraceful" and added that unless senior officials change their minds, "we will be left with no alternative but to ballot for industrial action".

Posted by Ron Maverick 

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