Back to work after three day strike

Members of the union picketted last week
Members of the union picketted last week

Bus builders returned to work on Tuesday after a three-day strike over pay which saw pickets outside a Camelon plant.

More than 600 employees of Alexander Dennis Limited walked out on Thursday morning after last-ditch talks hosted by ACAS failed to broker a deal.

The workforce has rejected a 3.5 per cent offer and is demanding a four per cent hike in wages - the same rise awarded to them in the last two years - and claim the company, which made a reported £24.4 million pre-tax profit in 2012, can afford it.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the union representing the workers warned more industrial action cannot be ruled out.

Unite regional industrial officer Lyn Turner said: “Unite went to ACAS in good faith, hopeful common sense would prevail with the agreement of a four per cent increase, a relatively modest sum given the company is revelling in record profits. Instead the justifiable expectations of the workers, the people who collectively transformed the fortunes of ADL only four years ago, were met with arrogance and belligerance.”

The dispute has raised the issue of ADL’s options if a solution to the situation at Glasgow Road is not found. With a healthy order book it is under pressure to deliver to customers around the world.

It has factories in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Guilford in Surrey and supplies materials for completion overseas.

Corporate communications director Bill Simpson said: “What is happening is disappointing. Given the economic situation and the fact demand in the UK bus market is down 20 per cent we consider we have put a very good offer on the table. There are very few manufacturing companies who have increased wages by eight per cent over the last two years, offering 3.5 per cent this year and guaranteeing three per cent next year.”