September Cardiff Bus strikes suspended

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Strikes by Cardiff Bus workers who are members of the Unite union, which were due to be carried out on September 19, 20 and 23, were suspended, the operator announced on September 16.

At a meeting with Unite, which was mediated by ACAS, the bus operator put forward a revised deal in an attempt to reach a resolution ahead of the forthcoming strikes.  Unite members will now be balloted on the improved offer over the next two weeks.

Cynthia Ogbonna, Managing Director of Cardiff Bus, said: “We are extremely pleased that our latest meeting with Unite has resulted in a more positive outcome and the suspension of these forthcoming strikes is very welcomed.

“While we don’t know at this stage whether our Unite union members will accept the new offer, the suspended strikes demonstrate that we are all taking a step in the right direction.  We would strongly urge Unite union members to ballot in favour of the new offer, which we believe is an excellent deal.

“Once again, we would like to apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused by the recent strike action and would like to thank them for their continued support.”

More strike action dates are still planned. A 48 hour strike takes place from October 1-2, clashing with the Wales vs Fiji Rugby World Cup match in the city. Further strikes are planned on October 11 and from October 17-18.

The union, which has 540 members at the firm, initially rejected a 5% payrise deal, which was accepted by members of another union, Unison.