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Transport: National Express faces joint attack from unions

May 14, 2014

National Express will face combined union pressure from Jim Hoffa Jr, president of the American Teamsters, and Len McCluskey from Unite at its annual meeting today in a dispute over recognition in the transport firm's North American school bus divisions.

A shareholder resolution from the Teamsters and three council pension funds, representing 3% of shareholders, calls on National Express to "finally address systemic and longstanding issues with how the company treats its workers in North America".

The Teamsters claim that some drivers and members working for NatEx subsidiaries Durham in the US and Stock Transportation in Canada have been victimised for union activity. McCluskey said: "It's nothing short of shameful that a British blue-chip firm should behave in this way in the US."

National Express said: "Our workplace rights policy protects the rights of all employees, wherever they work, to choose to join - or not to join - a union." Gwyn Topham

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Source: Guardian (UK)

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