Falkirk bus workers vote to start work-to-rule

Alexander Dennis in Camelon
Alexander Dennis in Camelon

Hundreds of workers at the UK’s leading bus and coach builders have voted for industrial action in a row over pay.

The Alexander Dennis factory in Camelon will be hit with an overtime ban from today after employees unanimously rejected the management’s wage offer.

Over the last seven months a series of meetings have been held between bosses at the Glasgow Road works and the Unite union, which represents over 600 members at the site, in a bid to agree a deal.

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After negotiations broke down a ballot was held to decide the next step and the result, announced last Thursday, was overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action up to and including a strike.

Full time union officer Lyn Turner said: “Our members did not want to be in this position. They want to do what they are very good at, building very good buses. But the offer from the company is so far below expectations this is where we are. All we are asking for is a reasonable settlement on pay this year which takes into account the £24 million profit the company has made.”

Alexander Dennis is the result of a private buy out six years ago. Major investors, including Brian Souter of Stagecoach and then Rangers owner Sir David Murray, invested millions to rescue Transbus International when its parent company, the Mayflower Corporation, went bust.

Since then it has grown to become the market leader with huge sales in the UK, continental Asia and North America. The Camelon factory built the double decker showcased at the end of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Mr Turner said: “When the ADL buy-out was completed the majority of the workforce took a pay cut. They have stood behind the company during the bad times and now the company is on a high it’s only right that’s recognised with a realistic pay award.”