South Yorkshire bus workers agreed to return to work on 10th August after being on all-out strike for 21 days for better pay and conditions. This strike is been the longest bus workers strike on the UK for 30 years. The first strike web site has an article about the victory on day 21 and a bus worker posted a comment here:
First and foremost we stuck together and won the good fight. We are back to work without conceding benefits to pay for the rise...
thank you to all the passengers of first buses who are polite and decent to drivers and thank you to all who have supported us through the strike.
The hype in the local media about the economic impact of the strike, which was mentioned in the newswire post, industrial collapse in Sheffield resulted in a response from the Chief Exec of the Sheffield Chamber of Trade(!).
UPDATE - 2 Aug 2004: The ballot result on the last offer from First has just come in and union members have rejected it, there is some background on this ballot on LabourNet.
They need support and solidarity!
Please send messages of support to Martin Mayer, TGWU Branch Secretary, 8/9-10 Branch, Sheffield, email@example.com.
Please send donations to First South Yorkshire Strike Fund and make cheques payable to TGWU. the address is:Steve Clark
Regional Industrial Organiser
TGWU Regional Office
55, Call Lane