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Drivers Ponder Strike Action In Pay Row

Bus drivers in Coventry have voted to reject the latest pay offer and are to vote on whether to take industrial action.

It is the second time that the drivers working for Travel West Midlands have rejected the offer recommended for acceptance by their union.

Two thirds of the drivers voted to reject the offer. The TGWU union is now to ballot its members of strike action.

The proposal from Travel West Midlands would have equalised pay for drivers who have short company service.

Within a five-year period this would have led to an increase of 55 per cent, or £118 a week, and holiday pay would have been increased.

Drivers serving for a longer time were offered almost £50 a week over four years, which the company says is inflation-proofed.

Travel West Midlands Corporate Affairs Manager Phil Bateman said:

“We believe that this was, and still is, a good deal. We now look forward to the trade union meeting with us to discuss the existing situation.”
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