Wednesday 7 March 2012

Stagecoach Yorkshire Strikes End

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Stagecoach bus services in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley have returned to normal after a revised pay deal for drivers was accepted by the Unite union.
In a recent ballot, drivers voted to accept Stagecoach’s latest pay offer ruling out any further industrial action on this issue.
Drivers began a series of strikes in November 2011 and were planning further industrial action.
Throughout the strikes, Stagecoach operated near-normal services between 7am and 6pm to minimise disruption for passengers.
Stagecoach Yorkshire Managing Director Paul Lynch said: “We are pleased that the union has accepted our latest offer and we now look forward to putting this matter behind us. Most importantly, it means that our passengers will no longer have their bus services disrupted by unnecessary strike action.
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“Throughout this industrial action we continued to run services for our customers by drafting in staff from across the UK. However, we are disappointed that our passengers have had to endure such a long-running dispute even though our pay offers were good ones - and the deal which has ultimately been agreed is, as we always said it would be, actually worth a little less than we offered before strike action began.
“Nevertheless we are glad to have an agreement and we now look forward to getting on with what we do best - providing high quality bus services for people in Yorkshire.”