Published: 20/05/2008 00:00 - Updated: 25/11/2011 17:52

Hundreds of jobs safe despite bus merger

HUNDREDS of Inverness bus workers were promised their jobs were safe yesterday following the completion of Stagecoach's takeover of Rapsons' operations. There has been uncertainty since the firms, both of which have bases in the city, started negotiations last month. However, Steve Stewart, director of corporate communications for Stagecoach, confirmed that the individual terms and conditions of all former Rapsons employees would be honoured. "We don't envisage any significant changes to either services or to employment levels," he said. "We actually believe the acquisition is good news for staff." He added that wage negotiations which had been frozen when talks between the two companies began would resume in due course. The deal was completed on Friday and sees Stagecoach take over Highland Country Buses and Orkney Coaches, as well as bus depots in Inverness, Aviemore, Fort William, Portree, Thurso, Wick and Orkney, plus a number of outstations. The amount paid by Stagecoach has not been released.

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