Stagecoach Manchester strikes off after Unite secures significant pay rise


Workers accept new offer from employer following union campaign – pressure now on First Group to follow suit


Stagecoach Manchester bus drivers have called off their proposed strike action after accepting a new pay deal, Unite, the country’s leading trade union, announced today (Wednesday 30 August).


Unite members voted to accept the deal which will see pay increases of approximately 16 per cent for both new and established drivers – well above the current RPI rate of inflation of nine per cent.


The new pay deal also includes pay rises for weekend and bank holiday work and follows an aggressive campaign by Unite on behalf of its members across Greater Manchester.


While industrial action by Stagecoach drivers is now cancelled, First Manchester drivers are still heading to the picket line as the employer has refused to come to the table with an improved pay offer acceptable to members.


Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “This victory shows there is power in a union. Unite has fought tirelessly for a better pay deal for our members. Our relentless focus on the jobs, pay and conditions for the bus drivers at Stagecoach, allied with their grit and determination, has led to this important win.”


Unite north-west regional officer, Colin Hayden, added: “I’m delighted for our members who have fought tirelessly for a better pay deal – they should be congratulated on their resolve. While Stagecoach drivers will head back to work, the pressure is now on First Manchester to head back to the negotiating table with an improved offer – our members there will be looking at the victory secured here and demanding the same.”




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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.