Stagecoach drivers win

A months-long battle between bus drivers and bosses at Stagecoach in South Yorkshire has concluded after workers voted to accept management’s latest pay offer.

Workers will receive a pay rise to £9.05 per hour and £130 back pay. The big concession in the deal is the back pay, which was not included in a previous offer rejected by the workers. Tony Rushforth, Unite secretary at the Barnsley depot, said: “I am very proud of the members who refused to give in and who stood solid to the end.”

“All this amounts to some fantastic demonstrations of solidarity.”

Stagecoach was initially intransigent in the face of a slightly lower claim from workers (£9 per hour), but 12 days of strike action and well-organised picketing which severely hit its services have seen bosses back down.