Dearne strike to go ahead after drivers reject pay offer

Stagecoach bus drivers in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley have rejected a 5.5% pay increase, meaning further planned strike action by the Unite trade union will now go ahead.

The drivers voted against a new offer of £9.05 an hour and will now strike again on Monday, January 16.

Paul Lynch, managing director, Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are extremely disappointed by this outcome, particularly as the offer of £9.05 was what the union asked for. After many months of negotiation, and several other pay offers, in a challenging economic climate, it is very frustrating we have not been able to reach an agreement.

Stagecoach has reassured passengers it will operate a near-normal level of service in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley despite the latest industrial action.

Managers and supervisors from across the country will once again volunteer to drive to minimise disruption for passengers and keep most services running between 7am and 6pm.

A full list of services which will operate is available on Stagecoach’s website Stagecoach or by calling traveline on 0871 200 22 33.