Earlier today, the Combined Authority was advised by the Keighley Bus Company that its drivers intend to take strike action on
Tuesday 4 December 2018. Unfortunately the strike could cause disruption to your students.
The Company has advised us that it expects to run a number of services on the day to reduced frequencies - please see below the statement from TransDev
We need to let you know about some industrial action our drivers are taking in a dispute over pay.
We've been negotiating with our drivers and the Trade Union over the past few months to work together towards a realistic settlement. The offer we have made represents an increase of 34p over 2 years to our drivers' hourly rate –
and our drivers are already amongst the highest paid in the whole of West Yorkshire. The Trade Union has declined this offer, and have announced that some of our drivers will therefore be striking on Tuesday 4 December.
Whilst we value the hard work of all of our colleagues, the Trade Union's request for a 50p per hour increase (up to a 7% rise on a number of key rates) is simply not affordable in the current economic climate, and particularly in
Keighley where there are less people travelling. We've made considerable investments in our people, fleet and facilities, but we simply cannot afford to increase drivers' pay far in excess of inflation.
As a customer focused business, we refuse to let our customers down, so we'll be pulling out all of the stops to run as many school buses as we can on Tuesday 4 December. Will be updating our website regularly and we will announce any changes
to you via Metro.
Further information can be found on our
Website. Follow us on twitter @keighleybus or find us on Facebook, just search The Keighley Bus Company.
We're sorry for the short notice – this is because we have done our best to prevent the strike by continuing talks for as long as we could.
We'd like to thank all of our stakeholders for bearing with us whilst we work towards a speedy resolution.
With respect to schools services, at this stage they have advised that they plan to run as many services as they can.
To assist you plan and communicate with your students, we will keep you updated as far as we are able to.
I would be grateful if you could advise your students to consult our website
www.wymetro.com/schools and our Twitter feed for updates.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Debra Bagley | Contracts and Operations Team Leader
West Yorkshire Combined Authority | Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP)
Wellington House | 40-50 Wellington Street | Leeds | LS1 2DE
Tel: (+44) 0113 251 7427 | email@example.com
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