Stagecoach strikes continue in Preston and Chorley

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Strike action from 300 bus drivers at Stagecoach’s Chorley and Preston depots is set to go ahead with an additional five days, in a bid for what John Boughton, Regional Industrial Organiser at Unite called a ‘fair pay rise’.

The continued strikes go ahead after talks broke down when Stagecoach called the latest pay rise offer ‘not realistic’.

Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire Managing Director, Rob Jones, said: “Regrettably, we have not been able to move forward in our discussions with the union despite what we consider to be a good offer still on the table.

“Their latest demand for a 6.2% pay rise over 18 months is not realistic. I ask union bosses to consider the ordinary local people they are affecting with their unachievable demands and bring an end to this situation.

“Planned strike action took place on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June and additional days in June and July are set to go ahead, however we are working around the clock to ensure minimum disruption is caused to service users. Extra staff have been drafted in to support with all routes operating on a reduced timetable.

“We have a comprehensive contingency plan in place in the event of future strike action and will do everything we can to minimise the impact on our customers. We will continue to keep passengers updated on any developments via our website and live Twitter feed.”

 

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