South Yorkshire wide bus strike by First drivers is called off

A South Yorkshire wide bus strike planned for next Monday has been called off.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 11:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 12:35 pm

First drivers serving Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and the Derbyshire Dales had voted in favour of two 24 hour walk-outs – this Saturday and next Monday.

A planned bus strike has been called off.

The Saturday strike was called off earlier this week as a ‘mark of respect’ for Armed Forces Day while bus bosses confirmed this morning that Monday’s strike has also been shelved.

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Garry Birmingham, Managing Director of First South Yorkshire, said: “We’re pleased to confirm that following a meeting with Unite the union earlier today, the proposed driver strike on July 1 has been cancelled.

“Whilst our position to offer a new pay deal remains unchanged for this financial year, we are now in meaningful discussions about possible longer-term options.”

900 drivers at First had voted in favour of a strike in a row over pay.