Unless Stagecoach addresses the below inflation pay deal, workers will walk out and bring Sunderland to a halt, says GMB Union
GMB Union has issued notice to Stagecoach Sunderland that they intend to ballot their members on strike action after the company offered a measly 4% pay rise, with a further 2% to follow later in the year.
With the energy and cost of living crisis taking grip, employees are already feeling the pinch on wages, and this pay offer from Stagecoach is nothing short of an insult to their hardworking employees.
GMB Organiser, Stuart Gilhespy, said:
“Stagecoach employees in Sunderland worked throughout the Covid lockdown, transporting essential workers to their place of work.”
“They put themselves at risk during the pandemic to serve their communities – with some drivers catching Covid as a result.”
“So, this offer from Stagecoach falls far short of reflecting any commitment to their employees.
“GMB are calling on Stagecoach to respect their employees and put a decent pay rise on the table for our members that is in line with inflation.”