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22nd April 1938, Page 63
22nd April 1938
Page 63
Page 63, 22nd April 1938 — S.M.T. DISPUTE SETTLED FAVOURABLY
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THE dispute of the Scottish Motor Traction Co., Ltd., and its associated companies with their employees on the question of wages and working conditions has been settled. The 8,000 employees—drivers, conductors and conductresses—are to receive further increased wages as a result of negotiations between officials of the company and representatives of the T.G.W.U. in Edinburgh, on April 14. The employers indicated that they were prepared to add fd. an hour to their previous offer of ith an hour to avoid strike action being taken.

As a result of the new scale of wages, drivers after 12 months service will receive Is. 40. an hour; conductors after 12 months' service, Is. 2id, an hour; junior conductors at the age of 20, 100. an hour; and conductresses after six months' service, 91c1. an hour. The additional farthing-increase will be paid from September 1 this year, and the terms of the first offer of fd. increase apply as from March 1 last. The employees' original demand was for an all-round increase of Id. an hour.

YORKS BUS STATION QUARREL. rONTROVERSY has been aroused in the Spen Valley by the proposal of the Yorkshire (Woollen District) Transport Co., Ltd., to provide a central bus station at Clecldieaton. In the neighbouring township of Heckmondwike there is a strong feeling that this town has a prior claim to a bus station, because of traffic congestion. It is proposed to call a public protest meetiag of Heckrnondwike citizens.


THE first stage of the Bristol change/ over from trams to buses will take place, as planned, in May. Of the new 66-seater double-deck buses, 32 are almost complete, and special storage tanks, capable of holding 12,000 gallons of fuel oil, have been installed

at Lawrence Hill depot. The total storage capacity now comprises 16,800 gallons of oil and 45,000 gallons of petrol. The tanksrare on a private rail siding and the fuel is pumped direct into the tanks.


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