City pay talks this week
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• Employer and trade union members of the National Federation working party set up to consider aspects of the latest municipal busmen's pay claims met this week. They were expected to compare viewpoints on the union proposal that premium payments should now be consolidated into the basic rate. The present basic is 7s Ild an hour.
The premium payments involved are the early-turn money (work before 5.30 a.m.) and weekend rates. The unions are understood to have suggested that
consolidation of Saturday and Sunday bonus rates into the basic would make it easier for operators to reduce weekend services where necessary. There has been concern expressed by the men's representatives in some areas at the effects on take-home pay of dwindling weekend• services—whose special bonus rates provide a substantial part of actual pay.
The Scottish Bus Group has recently concluded a consolidation agreement which "buys out" premium payments.