RMT calls 24-hour strike at Stagecoach Norfolk

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Transport union RMT has called a 24-hour strike over pay and conditions on Stagecoach buses in Norfolk.

RMT’S Executive Committee has considered the current position and instructed members to not book on for any turns of duty between 0001hrs and 2359hrs on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

The union rejected a pay rise offer from the company which equates to 15 pence on top of drivers’ current £8.50 an hour basic rate (approximately 1.8%).

The company has also proposed to take 25p from a current 75p per hour attendance allowance and add that to the basic rate. It claims its proposals are above inflation.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on Stagecoach buses in Norfolk have delivered a massive mandate for action and now is the time to take a stand to address the fundamental issues of pay and workplace justice.

“RMT’s demands are simple – we want fair pay and real improvements to working conditions and our members have shown that they are united and solid in the fight to secure those fair and affordable objectives.
“The union remains available for further talks.”

A Stageocach spokeswoman told Lynn News: “We have made a strong pay offer to employees and are disappointed that this planned strike action has been announced by the union.

“If the industrial action does go ahead we have a contingency plan in place which will allow us to operate a full service to try to ensure that our customers will not be adversely affected.”