BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action on Stagecoach buses in the South West goes ahead on Monday as part of the fight for pay justice for bus workers.

The union has reacted angrily by attempts by Stagecoach managers to try and link any pay deal to cuts to existing staff benefits, meaning that a pay increase would only be awarded with savage reductions in sick pay and other basic working conditions. Management failed to make any serious offer in acas talks today.

The scandal of bus worker pay, where drivers earn less than £23,000 for taking responsibility for the safety of a packed vehicle and are left alone and vulnerable late at night, is sparking an exodus which will hit school children ‎and the poorest in our communities hard.

Strike action over the same issue that was scheduled to take place in East Midlands, Derbyshire and Yorkshire has been suspended to allow consideration of a revised offer.

Source: Awsm.nz