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Sheffield tram system set to be paralysed

Sheffield tram system set to be ‘paralysed’ by strike action next week in ‘26p an hour’ pay offer row

06 July 2018

The Sheffield Supertram network will be ‘paralysed’ by two days of strike action next week as drivers and conductors walk-out in a dispute over a ‘26 pence an hour’ pay offer.

About 200 drivers and conductors working on the 48-stop light rail tram system will strike for 24 hours on Monday (9 July) and again on Thursday (12 July). Both strikes will start at 01.00.

Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the workers had overwhelmingly rejected the latest revised three-year pay offer from May 2018 yesterday (Thursday 5 July) made by the employer, South Yorkshire Supertram Ltd. 

Unite said that when the details are analysed it amounted to an increase of just 26p an hour and the union accused the management of ‘playing a game of smoke and mirrors’.

Unite regional coordinating officer Steve Clark said: “Our members have seen through the ‘smoke and mirrors’ conjured up by the management which amounts to a 26p an hour  increase in the first year; 26p in the second year and potentially less than that in year three.

“In these inflationary times, our members want a decent pay rise, not one that borders on the insulting.

“We predict that the Sheffield Supertram system will be paralysed on the two days of strike action next week.

“We appreciate that this will cause inconvenience to the travelling Sheffield public, which we deeply regret. And as we understand the impact on the network, our door is open 24/7 for talks with the management to reach a fair settlement.

“However, unless the company comes up with a substantial cash offer for our hardworking members, more strike action during July is definitely on the cards.”

Unite members voted by 91 per cent for strike action and by 95 per cent for industrial action short of a strike.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065 Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.