18 Jan 2012

South Yorkshire: big pickets on eighth strike day

Bus workers at Stagecoach in South Yorkshire walked out on Monday of this week—their eighth strike day. The strike followed a decision last week to reject a management offer in their pay dispute.  
The workers, members of the Unite union, voted 206 to 89 against the offer. They want to fight for a top pay rate of £9 an hour plus back pay. Stagecoach had offered them £9.05 an hour but no back pay.  
The picket lines were significantly larger on Monday with some 70 pickets at the Barnsley depot and 20 at Rawmarsh. The mood was positive and determined. The workers will hold a mass meeting on Sunday this week to decide their next step. There is a strong mood for more strikes.
But the drivers need financial support. Email messages of support to Barnsley Unite branch secretary Tony Rushforth at a‑rushforth@sky.com Cheques should be made payable to TGWU 9/9 Barnsley and sent to A Rushforth, 45 Tune Street, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 8PX

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