Bus network in Britain facing strikes over drivers’ low pay

Bus network in Britain facing strikes over drivers’ low pay

Services on the UK bus network, already in “crisis” because of a shortage of thousands of drivers, are set to get worse as unions plan a series of strikes. The RMT is going ahead on Monday with a walk-out of bus workers at Stagecoach Southwest, and Unite is planning a strike for the first week of November in many of Stagecoach’s other franchises. The action includes staff at Stagecoach’s north-east services, which on Thursday voted overwhelming to back strike action, as well as the company’s bus services in Scotland, Wales, north Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, and Kent. Other bus companies, including Arriva North West, also face possible strike action. The troubled bus network is reeling from an estimated shortage of more than 4,000 drivers. And unions say vacancy rates will …
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