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Hundreds of Yorkshire bus drivers win 10.7% pay rise through strikes

HUNDREDS of bus workers in South Yorkshire have won a 10.7 per cent pay increase after launching indefinite strike action.

The 550 staff, who are employed by profiteering operator Stagecoach, work from depots in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.

The Unite union said that the workers had suffered a pay freeze and below-inflation rises and “faced a massive shortfall in their living standards.”

They staged a series of strikes in November and December before launching indefinite strike action after the new year.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a huge win for our members at Stagecoach in South Yorkshire and shows what can be achieved when workers stand together in a union.

“Yorkshire Stagecoach workers have shown the kind of action, determination and solidarity we need to see replicated in disputes and industries across the country to successfully beat them back.”

The strike won widespread support from the public and the trade union movement in South Yorkshire.

Phil Medlicott, Stagecoach Yorkshire managing director, said: “We’re very pleased to have reached agreement with Unite on new pay deals for our employees across all of our Yorkshire depots.”

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