CBS Outdoor staff - the people who put up advertising posters in stations - are to strike for four days to demand a better pay offer. Having voted 65-6 for strikes, and 64-7 for action short of strikes, they will walk out for four days (which will be two shifts each) from Thursday morning to Monday morning (7-11 August). There will also be an overtime ban.
CBS Outdoor members have been called upon to take a four-day stoppage of work in furtherance of their pay dispute. I would like to congratulate members for returning magnificent mandates for both strike action and action short of a strike. Members voted by 65 votes to 6 for strike action and 64 votes to 7 for action short of a strike. There were no spoilt papers in either case.
With the real rate of inflation soaring and fuel bills going up by up to 50%, no-one should be expected to settle for a pathetic 3.8%. And to add insult to injury, even this comes with strings - a demand by the employers for a 10% productivity rise. So we work 10% harder and only get a 3.8% rise? We don't think so.
In fact, this context makes the union's demand - 5.1% for LTA protected staff and 5.6% for lower paid non-LTA staff - seem positively mild.