Unite negotiators look to resolve dispute over changing shift patterns

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Toll booth operators on both Severn bridges could next week take strike action if talks between Unite and managers over shift patterns break down.

Unite reps are today meeting with managers from Severn River Crossing (RSC) in an attempt to resolve the dispute, which might see an overtime ban and 24-hour strike by 70 toll booth staff from 5.55am on August 24th. .

Any action could cause severe disruption to motorists travelling between south Wales and the west of England, unless SRC, which is obliged to keep the bridges open, choose to suspend the toll operation – a decision that would delight drivers but could cause a serious loss of income for SRC.

The toll booth staff voted for industrial action in a dispute over changes to shift patterns proposed by the SRC’s management.

Unite regional officer Jeff Woods said: “The management has remained intransigent in negotiations. The new shifts proposed would make a mockery of our members’ work-life balance, so as a last resort they have voted to take strike action.

“We hope that we can resolve this dispute before the industrial action starts, but the management needs to be more flexible. Talks are continuing today.

“Both Unite and the management are committed to finding a solution to the dispute and both sides are working hard to achieve a resolution.”


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