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.
– A Stagecoach spokesman
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."