Planned strikes by bus workers at East London Bus Company and Stagecoach Manchester were suspended after management at both companies came back with new offers.
As Socialist Worker went to press, around 1,300 bus workers at Stagecoach Manchester were voting on whether to accept the offer. If the offer is rejected the workers, members of the Unite union, will begin a programme of strike action.
At East London Bus Company, a subsidiary of Australian investment bank Macquarie, drivers in the Unite union last week voted by 937 to 536 to accept a new pay offer.
The new offer is the same as the previous offer from management – an average increase of 4.65 percent across the different grades – plus an extra £150 one-off payment for full time drivers and £75 for part time drivers.
Some drivers told Socialist Worker that they felt this was a missed opportunity to fight for a better deal.
A Unite rep at East London buses told Socialist Worker that it was a small victory to win an extra one-off payment. He said, “It shows that the threat of strikes worked. But no-one should be celebrating. We could have won more and we need to be prepared for battles to come.”