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Bus drivers in Chesterfield are to take 34 days’ strike action over low pay.

The more than 50 Unite members, employed by the Yorkshire Traction Company, part of the Stagecoach group, and based at the Stonegravels depot will take 13 days of strike action between October 18 and December 14, as well as from December 20 to January 8.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Low pay is the scourge of the bus industry right across this country. Stagecoach made profits touching £60m last year and has £875m in the bank. Yet it cannot make a decent inflation-busting offer to its staff.

“Unite will be relentless in its campaign to ensure that our members at Stagecoach receive a fair pay increase. Stagecoach management leave us with no alternative.”

Unite regional officer Scott Lennon said: “Our members have made it clear that they will no longer accept low pay. The planned strike action will undoubtedly cause widespread disruption to passengers across Chesterfield but the drivers believe they have no option but to take strike action to secure a decent wage.

“If the local management at Stagecoach wants to avoid these strikes then they should stop posturing, make a realistic pay offer and work with us to repair industrial relations.”

Lancashire bus strikes suspended as new pay offer on the table

Planned strike action scheduled for next week by bus drivers employed by Ribble Motor Services Ltd (part of the multimillion pound Stagecoach group) based at the Preston and Chorley bus depots has been suspended following an improved pay offer.

Standing together

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members have shown that by standing together in unity management has been obliged to make an improved pay offer.

"Stagecoach must understand that we remain utterly determined to secure proper and lasting improvements to the pay and conditions of our members."

Stingy Stagecoach forces Chesterfield drivers to strike over pay

Bus services in Chesterfield face severe disruption this autumn and winter as drivers employed by the Yorkshire Traction Company, part of the Stagecoach group, take strike action over low pay.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Low pay is the scourge of the bus industry right across this country. Stagecoach made profits touching £60m last year and has £875m in the bank. Yet it cannot make a decent inflation-busting offer to its staff. 

Kinchbus pay dispute could lead to serious Loughborough and East Midlands bus service disruption

A pay dispute at Kinchbus could lead to serious disruption to bus services in Loughborough and the East Midlands, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Tuesday 12 October). 

Around 50 Kinchbus drivers, who are amongst the lowest paid in the country, are being balloted for strike action by their union, Unite, over an unsatisfactory pay offer.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Kinchbus pays some of the lowest rates in the country for bus drivers. Their current pay offer will not even take drivers past £11 an hour ­– a disgracefully low amount for such a challenging job.  

Stagecoach East workers in Fife, Perth and Strathtay ‘emphatically’ reject latest pay offer

Unite Scotland confirmed today (8 October) that around 600 Stagecoach East workers across Fife, Perth and Strathtay have rejected the latest pay offer from the company.

In Fife, around 440 Stagecoach East workers rejected the latest pay offer from the company of 2.4% backdated to May 2021 by 90%. Across Perth and Strathtay, around 160 workers rejected the same offer by 91%.

Unite has acknowledged that while the latest offer represented a ‘step forward’ it maintains that there is ‘some distance to go’ to meeting the pay demands of its members. Unite has demanded Stagecoach meet its ‘fair’ pay claim of the Retail Price Index inflation figure (3.8% - July) plus 1%. The workers involved in the dispute are drivers, engineering staff, administrative workers, and cleaners. 

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