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I was actually talking about 49921-49923 as I haven't seen them for a while in/around Piccadilly for a while.
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Looking on Twitter this morning it seems there is some sort of strike outside the Depot this morning stopping Buses leaving

EDIT: Seems the incident finished around an hour ago, Stockport Trade Union Council have said this on Twitter:

"This is a community action in solidarity with drivers facing your shameful fire and re-hire policies and the reprehensible way you have treated the official trade union rep who is simply trying to keep staff and public safe"

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(09/09/2020 05:43)M60lad Wrote:  I was actually talking about 49921-49923 as I haven't seen them for a while in/around Piccadilly for a while.

Bus times suggests 49921/22 out today and 923 out of use for the past week.

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(09/09/2020 09:01)T42 PVM Wrote:  Looking on Twitter this morning it seems there is some sort of strike outside the Depot this morning stopping Buses leaving

EDIT: Seems the incident finished around an hour ago, Stockport Trade Union Council have said this on Twitter:

"This is a community action in solidarity with drivers facing your shameful fire and re-hire policies and the reprehensible way you have treated the official trade union rep who is simply trying to keep staff and public safe"
And they are not helping they are not staff from GNW they are not invited by the members and will just upset GNW they are trying to stop buses that is not legal.
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Another protest at the depot this morning..

Unite have put a statement out too

Unite have put a statement out too:


Quote:Unite, Britain's biggest union, has launched an international campaign to stop the owners of the Manchester bus company Go North West from using Covid 19 as cover for making savage cuts to bus drivers' pay and conditions, while victimising and gagging a Unite union representative.

Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey has written to Go Ahead Group's CEO David Brown to warn him that Unite will be using all available resources to provide "immediate assistance to our members".

"In addition to industrial action this will mean exposing your company’s behaviour to all of your stakeholders, partners and associates. This will include mobilising all of our allies and contacting our significant political network in the Nordic countries, Germany and Australasia."

Despite continuing to make millions in profits, Go North West's parent company, Go-Ahead is trying to use COVID 19 as cover to make savage cuts to bus drivers' pay, terms and conditions in Manchester. The company is intending to ‘fire’ the entire workforce to get what they want and then ‘rehire’ those that agree to accept inferior contracts. At the same time management is trying to ‘gag’ and sack Colin, a Union Rep who refused to agree the company’s demands.

Unite is calling on the company to stop 'fire & rehire’, stop the bullying and stop the cuts and enter into constructive negotiations with the drivers' union Unite. The drivers are currently being consulted on industrial action.

The company is demanding that drivers accept cuts to terms and conditions, including changes to their scheduling agreement that will cost each driver £3,500 per year on average, an unpaid increase in working hours and slashing sick pay arrangements. But Go Ahead PLC is a profitable company. The company expects its overall operating profit for the year ending June 27 2020 to be between £63m to £75m. There is no need to cut the pay and conditions of workers. This is being done out of greed - purely to increase profit.

After refusing to sign away the terms and conditions of his members, union Rep Colin, is being threatened with the sack on trumped up charges. As the only union Rep not ‘furloughed’, Colin was singled out and repeatedly, bullied by senior managers who wanted him to agree cuts without talking to his members. As part of Colin’s suspension notice the company included a ‘gagging order’, banning him from speaking to anyone who worked for Go Ahead including family members.

Unite executive officer, Sharon Graham said: "Despite continuing to make millions in profits, Go head are trying to use COVID 19 to ‘fire and rehire’ their drivers and make savage cuts to pay, terms and conditions in Manchester. The company has targeted, bullied and victimised our union rep to try to bulldoze through its plans. This is the tip of the iceberg. If Go Ahead get away with this in Manchester they will try and roll-out ‘fire and rehire’ elsewhere. Unite will not allow bad employers to use COVID 19 to attack their workforce.

"Go North West's managing director Nigel Featham has put the company on course for an unnecessary conflict. His actions could lead to lasting damage to the reputation of Go Ahead both throughout this country and overseas. Our message to the company is fair and simple - drop the disciplinary action against our union representative, drop your ‘fire & rehire’ threat and get around the negotiating table. Unite will not let profitable firms like Go Ahead use the pandemic as cover for cuts."

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In the GMTC Sub Committee Meeting today Go North West have said Queens Road is losing almost £2 Million Quid a year.

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Article from the Manchester Evening News on the dispute and protests at the GNW depot. No mention of how much they're losing but does say "The firm says the depot is loss making and many of the working practices are outdated."

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/...d-18910999
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Why did they buy a loss making business then?
The working practices are not out dated.
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(12/09/2020 08:52)Wirralbust Wrote:  Why did they buy a loss making business then?
The working practices are not out dated.

Loss making businesses can be made profitable with the right strategies

Go North West drivers are still paid to change manual destination apparatus when the buses they're driving aren't even fitted with it. That's an outdated practice. So are dead shifts and drivers being allowed to ask passengers to get off the bus before reaching their destination if they're late finishing their shift. In what way are any of those 21st century working practices?

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(12/09/2020 08:52)Wirralbust Wrote:  Why did they buy a loss making business then?
The working practices are not out dated.

How do you know??
Have you compared the contract to those at Diamond or Stagecoach??
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