Over 300 drivers and supervisors on Manchester’s Metrolink tram network – members of Unite – will stage a one day strike on Sunday, October 10, the day of the city’s marathon.
The strike action is in response to the poor pay offer put to the workforce. Talks held yesterday (September 30) broke up when the contractor Keolis/Amey refused to improve that offer.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said,“Metrolink’s workers have continued to keep Manchester moving during the pandemic. They deserve fair pay.
“Keolis/Amey must understand that Unite is dedicated to advancing our members’ pay and conditions,” she added. “Unite’s members will have their general secretary’s full support throughout this dispute.”
Competitors and spectators have been advised by the marathon organisers to use the tram system because road closures in the city will cause disruption for bus passengers and car drivers.
Unite has also announced strikes for Friday, October 15 and Monday, October 18, and a further strike on Sunday, October 24 when Manchester United will play Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The initial pay offer amounted to a one per cent increase for a 15 month period, in reality a real-terms pay cut.
Unite regional officer Dave Roberts said, “The tram contractor, Keolis/Amey, can avoid disruption to the Manchester marathon and our city’s other big sporting events by tabling a respectful and decent pay offer.
“Even at this late stage management has the power to avoid these strikes by improving the pay offer. The ball is now in Keolis/Amey’s court.”
By Barckley Sumner