UNION leaders are to recommend bus drivers accept a new proposal that will end most paid lunch breaks - in a move that could mean threatened industrial action is averted.
Eric Holmes, of the Unite union, said the deal that had been brokered with management this lunchtime (Monday) would still result in bus drivers losing ‘several thousands of pounds’ in pay - but the alternative would be a bigger loss.
He said the proposals would be put to a branch meeting on Thursday evening and members would be balloted the next day.
The deal will see bus drivers not paid for their first lunch break but if they are on an extended shift their second meal break would be paid.
Mr Holmes said the meeting with Nick Black, chief executive of the Department of Community Culture and Leisure, and director of public transport Ian Longworth went ‘as well as could be expected’.
He said: ‘A new proposal has been brokered which will be put forward to the workforce at a branch meeting on Thursday. It will still result in a loss of pay but the alternative would be a bigger loss. This is a two-year deal that provides more future protection. We will recommend the proposal is accepted. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.’
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