Bus strikes across South Yorkshire have been called off after more than 560 Stagecoach drivers voted to accept a ‘huge’ 10.7 per cent pay increase.

The pay deal, negotiated by Unite, the UK’s leading union, will see drivers pay increase by more than £1 an hour. From May, drivers in Sheffield will see their hourly rate rise from £10.50 to £11.60, while drivers’ pay in Barnsley and Rotherham will go from £10.80 to £11.91.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a huge win for our members at Stagecoach in South Yorkshire and shows what can be achieved when workers stand together in a union.

“Unite now does exactly what it says on the trade union tin: fight to defend our members’ jobs, pay and conditions. The inflation busting pay rise at Stagecoach in South Yorkshire, as well as similar victories at other workplaces across the country, shows this approach is paying dividends for Unite members.”

Following acceptance of the deal, all strike action has been cancelled and bus services will continue to run as normal.

Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “This result shows what can be achieved through strong union organisation, which is why we urge workers looking to improve their pay and conditions to join Unite and to get their colleagues to do the same.”