Bus workers at Stagecoach Merseyside in Liverpool were set to strike on Friday of this week after rejecting a new pay offer that was worse than the previous deal. They held a strongly supported three-day strike last month against a below-inflation pay offer of 2.5 percent for the next two years.
They called off a planned strike on Monday of last week to discuss a new offer that was just 4 percent over two years. Workers rejected this in a workplace consultative ballot following a meeting of over a hundred drivers. Drivers report managers taking a hard line over overtime, swapping shifts and days off as they try and put pressure on workers. It’s likely that more action will be needed after Friday. Unite should launch a levy to provide financial support to drivers to help them take hard-hitting action that can win.