Stagecoach staff to strike for 12 days over 'divide-and-rule' pay tactics

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(16 Nov 2021, 7:59 pm)pbjd Wrote: Stockton and Hartlepool. The two depots actually on strike.

Ah right, just checking because it never confirmed if the full strike was off for Sunderland etc
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(16 Nov 2021, 8:08 pm)Michael Wrote: Ah right, just checking because it never confirmed if the full strike was off for Sunderland etc

I think Busways have reached an agreement. It's just the Transit side that aren't happy now.
(17 Nov 2021, 5:39 am)deanmachine Wrote: I think Busways have reached an agreement. It's just the Transit side that aren't happy now.


That’s correct - Sunderland accepted theirs in the last round, but South Shields and Newcastle accepted an offer of 3.7% last week.

The same offer is presumably going to be tabled to Stockton and Hartlepool and balloted on now that Busways has accepted it.


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(17 Nov 2021, 5:52 am)Dan Wrote: That’s correct - Sunderland accepted theirs in the last round, but South Shields and Newcastle accepted an offer of 3.7% last week.

The same offer is presumably going to be tabled to Stockton and Hartlepool and balloted on now that Busways has accepted it.


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As I understand it, Newcastle and South Shields accepted a 5.7% increase - as Stockton and Hartlepool rejected 3.7% for the strikes to start.
(17 Nov 2021, 10:29 am)Kuyoyo Wrote: As I understand it, Newcastle and South Shields accepted a 5.7% increase - as Stockton and Hartlepool rejected 3.7% for the strikes to start.

I think you're possibly getting your wires crossed. I believe Stagecoach committed to a two-year pay deal (2% each year) in 2019 which covered that year plus 2020. The pay rise for 2021 is 3.7%.

The communication that has gone out to stakeholders is that the staff have been given a 5.7% pay rise 'since the start of Covid' (i.e. last year's pay rise which was committed do prior to the pandemic, paired with this year's). They're doing this to provide a fairer comparison against the other operators in the region, who both had a pay freeze last year.