Strike action for Stagecoach

Transport union RMT confirmed today that bus drivers working for Stagecoach out of their Winchester depot are to take both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay.

Winchester bus strike - Stagecoach statement

Transport union RMT confirmed today that bus drivers working for Stagecoach out of their Winchester depot are to take strike action in a dispute over pay.

Stagecoach say that local authority spending cuts have had "a significant impact" forcing them to act in the hope of protecting jobs.

Pay deals are negotiated locally and each of our depots needs to be viable in its own right. Local authority spending cuts have had a significant impact on the financial position at Winchester depot. We have been working hard to protect jobs against the background of a tough economy and rising costs, both of which have a direct impact on pay and employment.

"We had a positive meeting with local RMT officials last night and a revised offer is being put to union members tomorrow. Only 35 union members out of a total of 96 drivers at Winchester depot voted in favour of a strike."

– A Stagecoach spokesman

Winchester walkout for Stagecoach

Transport union RMT confirmed today that bus drivers working for Stagecoach out of their Winchester depot are to take strike action in a dispute over pay.

The walkout will affect services over the next two weekends.

Despite lengthy negotiations there were "massive votes in favour of both strike action and action short of a strike, reflecting the level of anger on the shop floor", the union said.

Stagecoach is a highly profitable company with the UK bus division generating a massive pound for pound return for shareholders so there is no excuse whatsoever for trying to force down the living standards of our members.

“The Winchester drivers have shown their determination, anger and solidarity in massive votes for action and RMT would call on the company to sit down with us and negotiate a fair deal on pay that reflects the hard work of these staff.”

– RMT General Secretary Bob Crow

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