Stagecoach Sunderland strikes averted

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Strikes planned by bus drivers at Stagecoach in Sunderland over a pay dispute have now been cancelled, the Sunderland Echo reported.

Members of the GMB union who work for the operator were set to stage four 24-hour walkouts, starting from Monday, October 17. However, union members voted to accept a revised offer placed before them by Stagecoach, ending the plan for industrial action.

The strikes would have taken place over four successive Mondays. Stagecoach had said its bus services would run as normal.

Colin Smith, GMB Senior Organiser, said: “The GMB met with Stagecoach on Thursday, October 13 to seek to negotiate a settlement to prevent strike action scheduled to take place on Monday, October 17.

“The company tabled a revised offer and GMB members were balloted on Friday, October 14, and voted to accept the revised offer.

“Therefore, the dispute is resolved and the strike action is withdrawn.”
Steve Walker, Managing Director of Stagecoach North East, told CBW: ‘We are pleased that our pay offer has been accepted by staff and we will continue to focus on delivering high quality bus services for people in Sunderland.”