TRAVELLERS are enduring a week of disruption after bus drivers walked out for a week over a “poverty pay” offer from bosses — and more strike action is on the way.
Services in South Yorkshire are affected by the industrial action by Stagecoach staff, which started last Saturday and lasts until tomorrow.
And the travel trouble is due to continue later this month, when workers walk out again from next Saturday, December 11, to Friday, December 17.
Unite said the action had come after more than 560 workers, based at Stagecoach depots in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham, had voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action “in response to the company failing to make a realistic pay offer”.
Phil Medlicott, managing director for Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We can confirm that we have been notified of a further seven days of strike action by Unite.
“We know that our employees deserve a good pay rise and have now offered employees an increase to the hourly pay rate of six with a further three per cent in the next six months.
“We feel that this is more than fair and that Unite union is now being unreasonable by not taking this offer back to members to vote upon. Strike action is in nobody’s interests.
“We remain open to continuing discussions with the union and would urge them to call off this unnecessary action which will cause untold inconvenience to local communities and will hit the pockets of our employees and their families.”
Stagecoach said its website would be kept regularly updated with the latest information.