Stagecoach drivers take strike action over pay

Bus drivers working for Stagecoach in Preston and Chorley are taking strike action over pay.

The nearly 300 Unite members took action on Saturday and will take action again tomorrow and on May 25, 28, 31 and June 1. It comes after talks aimed at resolving the dispute broke down last week. Members are angry at being treated as the ‘poor relation’ and earning over £1 less than colleagues driving for Stagecoach elsewhere in the North West.

The drivers, who are part of a group of Stagecoach drivers that incorporates South Lancashire and Merseyside, are seeking a 50p  pay rise from £10.50 an hour to bring their pay closer to their colleagues elsewhere in Stagecoach.

Unite regional officer John Boughton said: “Preston and Chorley bus drivers are fed up of being the poor relations. In some cases they are getting over £1 less than their colleagues elsewhere in Stagecoach and the wider industry in the North West.

“We had hoped that we could have averted the disruption of industrial action through talks, but sadly Stagecoach bosses seem determined to ensure Preston and Chorley bus drivers remain the poor relations of the North West’s bus industry.

“Stagecoach is highly profitable company and makes good money on its routes serving the Preston and Chorley areas. It can well afford to do right by its drivers and take steps to close the pay gap.

“We would urge Stagecoach to stop ‘penny pinching’ and start valuing its workforce by getting back around the negotiating table to secure a deal that averts further industrial action.”

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