“Industrial action has finally brought the company into serious talks with us”, says Unite


More than 400 Unite members working at the Stagecoach bus company in South Yorkshire are to be balloted on an improved pay offer from the company, following seven days of strike action.

The drivers’ latest action, on Wednesday, was part of a two month-dispute over pay rates nearly 8% below those in other companies.

Following talks, the drives are to vote on whether to accept a new offer of £9.05 per hour.

Th company had previously imposed a pay rise worth £8.74 an hour.

Unite national officer John Evans told UnionNews: “These were hard negotiations, but industrial action and the intervention of senior union officials has finally brought the company into serious talks with us.”

Unite is making no recommendation to members over the pay offer.

The union has campaigned for several years for nationally-agreed rates of pay, working time and other conditions for drivers.

The ballot is due to begin on Thursday next week.

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