Improved pay offer follows 12 days of strike action to secure parity with drivers in other companies across South Yorkshire
Stagecoach drivers in South Yorkshire have voted overwhelmingly to accept an improved pay offer in their long-running dispute.
A workplace ballot has been taking place throughout today after a recommendation from the negotiating team.
The deal provides for a pay rise to £9.05 per hour, with an additional lump sum covering a demand that the increase be backdated to the last company pay review.
Unite had been seeking to bridge a pay gap of almost 8% between workers at Stagecoach and those at other firms.
The offer comes after 12 days of strike action by the drivers over four months. Unite had timetabled further action running into next May if the company refused to improve the drivers’ pay.
In a series of workplace meetings, drivers voted by 251 to 35 to accept the offer.
A rally in Barnsley earlier this month (pictured) heard how the strikers had been offered £10,000 from the local Unite region alone to fund their campaign.
The dispute began last year when Stagecoach – which is owned by the multi-millionaire and anti-gay rights campaigner Sir Brian Souter – imposed a pay rate of £8.74 per hour on its drivers in South Yorkshire. Drivers with its rival, FirstGroup, receive £9.42 per hour.
Watch our film report on the Barnsley trades council rally in support of the Stagecoach strikers here:
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