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Stagecoach to meet with Unite to discuss bus worker strikes

THE leaders of 560 striking bus workers in South Yorkshire are to take part in mediation organised by arbitration service Acas.

Industrial action has been taking place over a lowball 2 per cent offer that workers say fails to make up for a pay freeze the year before.

Talks between union Unite and the Stagecoach bus operator will take place on Monday.

Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “Unite has agreed to attend a meeting with Stagecoach on Monday that will be mediated by the conciliation service Acas.

“We hope that a solution can be found to bring an end to this dispute and the disruption it is causing.

“For that to happen, however, Stagecoach needs to put forward an offer that meets the expectations of our members.

“Stagecoach staff in South Yorkshire work hard and they deserve a pay rise that reflects that.”

Since the strike began on January 1, pickets have been action at Stagecoach depots in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.

The workers voted by 97 per cent in support of strike action.

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