Bus drivers' industrial action threat in dispute over pay and conditions

Bus drivers are to take industrial action, including a ban on overtime, as part of a nationwide wage and salary campaign.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) who work for Stagecoach in the East Midlands, will be announced from Nov.

The union warned its members who work as bus drivers in other parts of the country, including Yorkshire and the South West, are also involved in industrial disputes over pay.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said, “It is now common knowledge that we are facing a nationwide shortage of bus drivers as employees leave for poor pay and conditions.

“RMT is fighting for professional wages for professional drivers and our East Midlands Stagecoach members are leading the charge, with more to come across the country.”

More than 50 bus workers left Stagecoach in Plymouth because of low pay, not Covid and Brexit, a union official claimed.

Barry West, RMT regional spokesman, said the company underestimated the drivers.

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