Britain and Ireland’s largest union Unite accused Stagecoach of ‘penny pinching’ as it confirmed that its bus driver members operating out of Preston and Chorley bus stations would start a series of one day stoppages this Saturday (11 May) in a dispute over pay.

Nearly 300 drivers are involved in the pay dispute with further one day stoppages planned for Tuesday 14 May, Saturday 25 May, Tuesday 28 May, Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June.

It comes after talks aimed at resolving the dispute broke down earlier in the week (Tuesday 7 May). Members are angry at being treated as the ‘poor relation’ and earning over £1 less than colleagues driving for Stagecoach elsewhere in the North West.

The drivers, who are part of a group of Stagecoach drivers that incorporates South Lancashire and Merseyside, are seeking a 50 pence pay rise from £10.50 an hour to bring their pay closer to their colleagues elsewhere in Stagecoach.

98.1 per cent of Unite members voted for strike action on a turnout of 82.9 per cent.

Commenting Unite regional officer John Boughton said: “Preston and Chorley bus drivers are fed up of being the poor relations. In some cases they are getting over £1 less than their colleagues elsewhere in Stagecoach and the wider industry in the North West.

“We had hoped that we could have averted the disruption of industrial action through talks, but sadly Stagecoach bosses seem determined to ensure Preston and Chorley bus drivers remain the poor relations of the North West’s bus industry.

“Stagecoach is highly profitable company and makes good money on its routes serving the Preston and Chorley areas. It can well afford to do right by its drivers and take steps to close the pay gap.

“We would urge Stagecoach to stop ‘penny pinching’ and start valuing its workforce by getting back around the negotiating table to secure a deal that averts further industrial action.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors

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