Winchester bus strikes are off, say Stagecoach bosses

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TWO one-day strikes by bus drivers in the Winchester area have been called off, according to managers at operators Stagecoach.

The RMT union had called strikes for between 6am tomorrow and 6am on Sunday and for the same times on August 11-12, next weekend.

Stagecoach South managing director Andrew Dyer said the action had been dropped following discussions with local union representatives.

Mr Dyer said yesterday: “I have been given assurances that our revised pay offer has been accepted following the talks and that we will be able to run our network of services based from Winchester as usual with the support of our 96-driver team.”

The RMT was unavailable for comment.

It is thought the dispute centred on a below-inflation pay offer of 1.5 per cent for both 2012 and 2013.

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2:20pm Fri 3 Aug 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Cue the usual Union bashers, however, have the staff got a better deal through their threatened action? We are all told that times are hard but some Management would use that as an excuse not to offer a sensible deal, it looks like negotiations were carried out sensibly and a satisfactory deal has been ironed out, as it should be, but someone will have to pay for it, no doubt a rise in the fares will be next on the agenda.
Cue the usual Union bashers, however, have the staff got a better deal through their threatened action? We are all told that times are hard but some Management would use that as an excuse not to offer a sensible deal, it looks like negotiations were carried out sensibly and a satisfactory deal has been ironed out, as it should be, but someone will have to pay for it, no doubt a rise in the fares will be next on the agenda. OSPREYSAINT
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2:35pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Torchie1 says...

You can't expect train passengers to foot the bill. Costs for Stagecoach go up and these are passed on to the consumers who have the option of taking their business elsewhere.
You can't expect train passengers to foot the bill. Costs for Stagecoach go up and these are passed on to the consumers who have the option of taking their business elsewhere. Torchie1
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2:35pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Shoong says...

Pity the RMT couldn't comment then, probably busy having their cake & eating it.
Pity the RMT couldn't comment then, probably busy having their cake & eating it. Shoong
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2:49pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Thrush says...

The drivers at Winchester are a good bunch and well deserve a decent wage rise. What with all the abuse they get at times from passengers they deserve medals!!! I have always found when using their buses the drivers to be helpful & curteous to me .
The drivers at Winchester are a good bunch and well deserve a decent wage rise. What with all the abuse they get at times from passengers they deserve medals!!! I have always found when using their buses the drivers to be helpful & curteous to me . Thrush
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2:49pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Torchie1 says...

Shoong wrote:
Pity the RMT couldn't comment then, probably busy having their cake & eating it.
The cake may help to explain the Fat Controllers girth.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: Pity the RMT couldn't comment then, probably busy having their cake & eating it.[/p][/quote]The cake may help to explain the Fat Controllers girth. Torchie1
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