Britain’s largest union, Unite called on Stagecoach bosses running Sheffield’s Supertram to table a revised pay offer to avoid industrial action after drivers and conductors overwhelmingly backed strike action in a dispute over pay.
Unite is set to meet with Stagecoach’s Supertram bosses on Monday 2 July amid rising anger over a two year pay offer which would see drivers and conductors get just a 26 pence an hour pay rise in year one and in year two.
Over 200 drivers and conductors took part in the industrial action ballot which saw 91.7 per cent back strike action and 95.8 per cent industrial action short of a strike. The turnout was over 83 per cent.
Commenting Unite regional officer Steve Clark said: “The massive vote in favour of industrial action should be a wakeup call to Stagecoach bosses running Sheffield’s Supertram.
“With inflation eating into wages the current pay offer falls short of the aspirations of our members who work hard to keep Sheffield on the move. Bosses should be under no illusion. Industrial action is a last resort, but our members are prepared to take it to achieve a fair pay rise.
“We would urge the company to seize the opportunity of last ditch talks next week and table a revised offer that better reflects the important contribution Sheffield’s Supertram drivers and conductors make to the smooth running of the city’s transport system.”
For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.