Hundreds of Merseyside bus drivers have voted to strike during one of Liverpool’s busiest weekends. The walkout over pay is threatening to hit one in five of the city’s buses during the Mathew Street Festival.
Stagecoach drivers have announced a four-day walkout. The company employs more than 360 drivers, most of whom are members of the union Unite, which is orchestrating the action. They will stop working today and will not return until Tuesday next week.
Stagecoach plans to draft in more than 100 extra drivers and vehicles to handle the fallout. The dispute erupted over a pay increase. Stagecoach offered 2%, but the drivers are understood to have demanded 3%.