Around 560 Stagecoach workers in South Yorkshire started the New Year with an all-out, indefinite strike in their claim for a decent pay rise.
The Unite union members should have had a rise last February.
There are four bus garages in South Yorkshire all highly unionised and all have seen large, determined picket lines.
Unite Community, the Better Buses campaign, the three local trades councils and other unions including the NEU have visited the picket lines.
Pickets have been enthused by constant beeps of support from passing traffic.
Campaigners organised large Christmas cards for the four depots which were signed by over 200 people in just over an hour.
Most of the public know that a decent bus service can only be provided by well-paid drivers—Barnsley alone is short of 30 drivers out of 150.
Stagecoach bosses have tried to organise scab buses but have had very little success.
Pickets are angry that management have attempted to turn the public against them by issuing statements that grossly distort the present pay offer.
Bosses say they have offered 9 percent but the offer is actually 6 percent with only 3 percent on the 11 months’ back pay.
There is also anger that management is threatening to cut holiday pay when work resumes.
Plans are being made for solidarity rallies in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.
The Stagecoach workers are pleased with the support they are getting from their union with good strike pay.
If the dispute continues a strike fund is likely to be set up.
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