New pay deal agreed for Stagecoach bus drivers

Stagecoach bus drivers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire have voted to accept the company’s new pay proposals.

The Stagecoach West drivers, members of the Unite union, had voted to strike from Thursday, March 10 until Saturday, April 9 following a dispute over pay.

But following the acceptance of the new pay offer, the strike action has been cancelled.

Today (Friday) Stagecoach West said it welcomed confirmation by the Unite trade union that its members had accepted new pay deals for its bus drivers in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The pay agreements covers 380 employees at depots in Stroud, Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Swindon and Coalway.

It followed new proposals put forward by Stagecoach earlier this week.

Rachel Geliamassi, managing director of Stagecoach West, said: “We’re very pleased to have reached agreement with Unite on new pay deals for our employees across all of our depots in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

“We have been 100 per cent committed to delivering pay increases for our people, on top of the increases we have given over the past two years during the difficult period of the pandemic. These packages recognise the valuable contribution our people make to our business and our local communities.

“We are pleased that our teams can now focus fully on delivering the important public transport links local people need and that services, including those scheduled for the Cheltenham Festival, can be delivered as planned.”

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