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Issue No. 1775

Stagecoach bus workers in the north east of England held another one-day strike on Monday of this week to force the company to increase their pay. The workers in Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington are due to be joined by fellow workers in the AEEU union who maintain the buses.

The workers are determined to take the company on over low pay. Their successful strike last week meant that managers could only run 27 buses out of hundreds that normally operate.

Some 390 bus workers, members of the TGWU union, voted to reject the transport giant's latest offer last week. It included a rise of 20p an hour this year and next year. The workers get an average pay rate of just £5 an hour. Management has resorted to using dirty tactics.

It has refused to allow the workers to swap rest days. It has also cancelled the minibus that the workers use to get home when working late shifts. However, TGWU union officials reported that such tactics from management had made the workers more determined to fight on.

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Sat 17 Nov 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1775
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