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Strike Vote At Sunderland Buses

Thursday, January 30, 2014

GMB Members Industrial Action Ballot Over Pay Dispute At Stagecoach Sunderland

2.4% offer over 15 months is not enough as members have taken below inflation pay rises for a number of years whilst Stagecoach has enjoyed decent profits says GMB.

GMB members employed by Stagecoach at the Wheatsheaf Depot in Sunderland are to be balloted for industrial action over this year’s pay offer.

Stagecoach has offered workers 2.4% over 15 months. GMB members in the workplace have rejected that offer.

Steve Gibbons, GMB Northern Regional Organiser, said “GMB consider that the offer is not enough. Members have taken below inflation pay rises for a number of years whilst Stagecoach has enjoyed decent profits. The workloads of our members have increased and there are constant attacks on other terms and conditions by the Company.”

The potential dispute comes at a time when Stagecoach is seeking support from GMB members in relation to quality contracts. Until now that support has been there, but continued attacks on terms and conditions and an undervaluing of the workforce makes the grass look greener on the other side. If the Company continues its current path, then it may be a case of stop the bus I want to try another one.”

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Contact: Steve Gibbons on 07870 176 737 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880.

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