02 October 2007

Hull strike threat ended

Fears that another strike 'on the buses' in the East Midlands could have occurred, have been quashed with drivers at Stagecoach's depot in Hull accepting their latest pay settlement, though by a slim margin of 107 for and 77 against.

The timetable of strike action coincided with the annual Hull Fair and would have caused unimaginable problems to Stagecoach had all services been suspended on these dates. Strike action had been planned for 5 & 6 October (Hull Fair) and additionally 8-13 October inclusive.

The offer accepted represents a 9% pay rise in real terms over a 2 year period and sees drivers with more than 12 months continuous service at the depot be paid the following (rates in brackets are for drivers with less than 12 months continuous service):

£7.63 (£6.70) from 30 April - 1 December (inclusive of back-pay)
£7.83 (£6.85) from 2 December - 3 May 2008
£8.03 (£7.00) from 4 May - 20 September
£8.13 (£7.10) from 21 September

Enhancements have been made to auxiliary payments, including Leading Drivers & Driving Instructors receiving £4 per day; Route Mentors receiving £2 per day; Spreadovers will attract a daily payment of £3.75; drivers of post-midnight services on Fri/Sat nights receive £5 per duty; and First Aiders receive a weekly £3 payment.