Unite the union has welcomed the introduction of a new starter rate of £10 per hour for First Glasgow bus drivers. The union has successfully negotiated a new start base pay rate of £10 per hour to be introduced immediately despite being in a current three year pay deal, which will end in April 2020.

Unite has managed to persuade the company to introduce the new rate which will be outside of next year’s pay talks. This is the first business within the First Group to pay the rate across the UK. In May, First Group announced it is to sell its UK bus operations including the profitable First Glasgow routes.

Wendy Dunsmore, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The introduction of the £10 starter rate is a significant stride forward for the hardworking drivers across Glasgow. The deal Unite has successfully negotiated will benefit over 330 drivers immediately. Unite members will welcome this move and it gives confidence going into the forthcoming pay negotiations for 2020. The move comes at a time when First Glasgow is essentially up for sale and demonstrates a level of commitment to the workers during this period.”


  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.