NEWPORT TRANSPORT DISAPPOINTED STAFF TURN DOWN IMPROVED PAY AWARD OFFER
The Board of Newport Transport has said it is disappointed some of its staff have rejected an improved pay offer and have voted to take industrial action on Tuesday, July 19.
The company, which employs more than 250 people, had offered staff an improved pay deal totalling 3.5%. The rise included a pay increase of 1.75% in the current financial year backdated to April 1st and a further 1.75% rise from April 1st 2017. Pay for 2015/16 would be frozen under the deal. The board was planning to implement the pay offer in August 2016.
It is the third pay increase offer to be turned down by staff in the last 3 months and follows consecutive pay increases in April 2013 and April 2014 of 2% in each year made by the company. These increases combined with the current offer represent a 7.5% increase in staff pay over five years.
In a statement the Board of Newport Transport said: “We are disappointed that some of the company’s staff have voted against accepting this pay increase award.Our customers are of paramount importance to us and we will work tirelessly to ensure we operate as full a service as possible during the period of industrial action. Any temporary changes to timetables will be advised of immediately on our website, social media and on our buses.
“Over the last 12 months other bus operators in the region have been forced into making staff redundancies because of government cuts to bus funding. Despite these cuts, and the uncertain economic climate ahead, Newport Transport has chosen to continue investing in its workforce, their pay, and conditions.
“We have made a number of pay increase offers to our staff. Sadly, these offers, including our latest improved pay increase, have been rejected. We have worked closely throughout this period with the staffs’ union and ACAS, and believe we had put together a package that gave our staff a generous pay award, yet crucially protected the company’s ability to sustain and invest in the services that are so vitally important to our customers.
“We will continue to work closely with the union and our staff and hope that they will reconsider this final offer.”
On the day of industrial action the company will endeavour to operate as many services as possible between 06:30 & 19:00.