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Transport round-up: Eight days of strikes at Stagecoach Merseyside

Bus workers and railway workers are battling poor pay and conditions
Issue 2812
A Statecoach double decker bus

Eight days of strikes are on the horizon

Around 370 bus drivers and engineers at Stagecoach in Merseyside, are set to strike for eight days over pay. Previous action set to start this week was suspended so workers could ballot on a revised pay offer of 10 percent. The offer was rejected as it was below the current rate of inflation.

The strike started on Monday and is set to continue at the Gillmoss depot on Friday next week and then 18, 20, 22, 25, 28 and 29 July.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Our members are making it abundantly clear that they will not accept being underpaid by this wealthy company any longer.”


Bus workers vote on deal

The 650 Arriva bus workers in West Yorkshire who have been striking indefinitely for almost four weeks have returned to work as they vote on an improved offer.

Unite regional officer Phil Brown said, “Arriva has come forward with an offer which our members will now be balloted on. While the ballot is being undertaken and as an act of goodwill Unite has suspended its strike action.” The exact details of the new offer isn’t publicly known. But the previous offer was an increase of just 4.1 percent.

If the offer is below the rate of inflation workers should reject it—and return to strikes.


Train drivers fight back

Strikes by train drivers in the Aslef union on Greater Anglia trains cancelled 90 percent of services when they walked out for 24 hours last Saturday.

The workers are demanding an above inflation pay rise.

Nigel Gibson, district organiser for Aslef said, “Our members worked during the pandemic, getting people to and from work and putting their lives and their families lives at risk.”


Vote for strikes on Avanti

Train managers on Avanti West Coast train services in the TSSA union have voted overwhelmingly to strike for pay.

The 200 workers voted 86.1 percent to strike on a 66.3 percent turnout.

TSSA is balloting at ten other train operating companies and Network Rail.

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