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DCCL denies bus drivers have been threatened with the sack

Thu, 09 Aug 2012

The Director of Public Transport denies claims that bus drivers have been threatened with the sack over potential changes to their terms and conditions.

Last month the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure revealed it needed to make savings of around £300,000.

It was suggested this can be achieved by stopping paid lunch breaks.

This would equate to around a 12% pay cut for each employee.

Yesterday it was alleged bus drivers have received letters claiming they'll be sacked if they don’t agree to new terms.

However, Director Ian Longworth confirms staff have been sent letters, but denies they're being threatened with dismissal.

He says they have just been advised of the seriousness of the budget situation.

Mr Lonworth adds that discussions between staff, the department and unions are ongoing and as a result he doesn’t feel it's appropriate to make a full public comment at this time.



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