First Bus to close cleaning service

First Bus in Glasgow have agreed to transfer employees to Cordant. Library Image
First Bus in Glasgow have agreed to transfer employees to Cordant. Library Image

Cleaning and ancillary staff working for First Bus at the company’s Caledonia Road deport were shocked to learn their employment is being outsourced.

The Extra was contacted by a member of staff who expressed his concerns over various issues, but primarily on employee safety issues.

The transport operator has decided to outsource a number of tasks, including the cleaning crews, shunters and vault handlers to Cordant from September 25.

A spokesman for First Glasgow said: “We can confirm that First Glasgow has agreed the transfer of all cleaning and presentation services to a new supplier.

“As a business we are constantly looking at ways to improve the service we provide to our customers. By outsourcing this part of our business, we are confident that the overall presentation and cleanliness of our vehicles will always be to the highest standards.

“We are currently consulting with all affected employees with a view to their employment transferring to the new supplier on September 25.

“We are working in partnership with our Trade Union, Unite, to ensure all affected employees are supported during the transfer.”

Currently staff are provided with a free bus pass and the fear is that this will be withdrawn. First Bus have confirmed to us that all passes will be renewed for two years in November. Staff have claimed there has been insufficient consultation, and that Cordant are already suggesting changes to the main terms and conditions of employment.

A member of staff told us: “They’re not supposed to be able to make any changes for the first year after the transfer but already they’re talking about changing our pay frequency.”