Threats of strike action on Manchester’s bus services have ended after over 1,000 bus drivers accepted a greatly improved pay offer.


Having voted overwhelmingly for industrial action and with strikes due to begin later this month, fresh pay talks were held and a new offer of a 3.7 per cent pay increase backdated from 1 October 2021 as well as a £150 non-consolidated (one off) payment, was made.


Tremendous victory


Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a tremendous victory by members of Unite, who by standing together have ensured they will receive a fair pay increase from Stagecoach.


“As a union, Unite is wholly dedicated to bettering members’ jobs, pay and conditions, either through negotiations or industrial action if necessary.”


Following a ballot of members the pay offer was overwhelmingly accepted and the industrial dispute has concluded.


Members' unity


Unite regional officer Dave Roberts said: “The unity that our members have demonstrated ensured that Stagecoach returned to the negotiating table and made a fair pay offer that bus drivers could accept.


“This dispute has been resolved without any disruption to passengers or workers losing pay through having to resort to strike action.”




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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.