Unite members working for Stagecoach South Wales have today put the company on notice that their workforce is determined to undertake industrial action if they do not change course. Unite members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in the dispute over pay and conditions. The ballot result of 98 per cent in favour of industrial action was based on a turnout of over 77 per cent.

Unite Wales Regional Officer, Alan McCarthy commented:

“This result clearly shows the strength of feeling among our members, not just demanding fair pay, but expressing outrage at the way the employer has attempted to cut terms and conditions in the process. Bus drivers have been undervalued and underpaid for far too long. We all recognised the crucial role they played during the pandemic, now is the time to pay them what they’re worth.”

Unite Wales Regional Secretary, Peter Hughes said:

“Bus drivers across Wales kept us moving through the pandemic, ensuring key workers such as hospital staff were where we needed them, often at great risk to themselves. Pay rates across this sector remain poor, largely due to dysfunctional deregulation. When we view the importance of the work our members do, these pay levels are simply unacceptable. Unite Wales will continue to fight relentlessly until these workers are fairly rewarded.”