Unite has announced that First Bus drivers in Aberdeen will continue strikes in protest against the new contracts being offered by First.
The current strike action ends this Saturday [31st March], with an indefinite strike beginning on Friday 6th April.
First Bus proposals include an increase in drivers’ working hours for reduced wages, reduced sick pay, reduced annual leave and holiday pay, and an end to paid breaks for drivers on duty. Despite the draconian nature of these plans Unite Scotland has been prepared to negotiate on terms.
The ongoing strike has caused severe disruption to the 1/1A/2 University route, despite First Bus agreeing to duplicate buses between the peak hours of 8.00am - 10.00am and 15.00 and 17.00.
The University also introduced a free late-night shuttle service this week, although it has not been confirmed if this service will continue through April.
Any comments and concerns regarding coursework and dissertations deadlines should be forwarded to Michael Ife (President of Communication and Democracy) as he is continuing to work with First Bus and RGU on this matter.