Some 700 RMT members at Go-Ahead’s Wiltshire and Dorset bus operation were to strike for 24 hours on Thursday this week and a further 48 hours on Thursday and Friday next week over pay.
The company has failed to table a strings-free pay offer despite a massive vote for strikes.
Drivers, engineers and clerical staff at depots in Salisbury, Poole, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Swanage, Blandford, Pewsey and Lymington voted by 479 to 21 to strike.
“Our members have voted by 95 per cent to strike because the company has failed to table a serious pay offer,” said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.
“Rather than offer a strings-free pay deal the company is seeking to undermine working conditions that have been built up over many years, and with one voice our members have said no.
“With an overwhelming vote for action RMT members across the company have made it clear that they will not pay for Go-Ahead’s poor management or subsidise their shareholders with the loss of hard-won conditions.
“Wilts and Dorset should have no doubts now that the route to a settlement involves severing the strings they have attached to this year’s pay round.
“They must table a decent offer.”