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."