Bedford bus commuters face rush hour chaos next Monday (6 October) and Wednesday (8 October), as discussions over pay between Unite, the country’s largest union, and Stagecoach East broke down.
Unite has called on its members to strike between 03.00-09.00 on Monday and the same time on Wednesday over the company’s ‘derisory’ offer that was overwhelmingly rejected by the union’s members.
The strike will be by 250 drivers and engineers angered by the company’s offer of less than three per cent for June 2014 -June 2015.
Unite regional officer Steve Linger, said “Stagecoach East offered a two- year deal which amounted to a real terms cut in wages, following a below inflation pay increase last year, and the year before.
“This latest offer does nothing for our members and their families struggling with the cost of living crisis.
“The company has consistently refused to enter into meaningful and constructive negotiations, leaving our members with no alternative, but to strike in support of their claim.
“Our members recognise that the strike will cause rush hour chaos for bus commuters in Bedford, and they urge the company at this late hour to enter into those meaningful and constructive negotiations that will avoid this damaging strike.
“Unite’s door is open for talks at any time.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
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Notes to editors:
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.