Bus drivers in West Norfolk will be going on strike next week in a pay dispute, union leaders have announced.
Officials from the RMT union say their members who work at Stagecoach buses in Norfolk, which includes Norfolk Green, will be staging a 24-hour walk-out on Tuesday, November 24.
The union says a “massive” for strike action was taken following the ”continuing refusal by the company to make progress on the key issues of pay and working conditions”.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on Stagecoach buses in Norfolk have delivered a massive mandate for action and now is the time to take a stand to address the fundamental issues of pay and workplace justice.
“The delaying tactics of the company have fuelled our members’ anger and pushed us into a position where we have no option whatsoever but to take action to force the pace in this dispute.
“RMT’s demands are simple – we want fair pay and real improvements to working conditions and our members have shown that they are united and solid in the fight to secure those fair and affordable objectives.
“The union remains available for further talks.”
The RMT is unhappy at a pay rise offer from the company which it claims equates to just 15 pence on top of drivers’ current £8.50 an hour basic rate.
The company has also proposed to take 25p from a current 75p per hour attendance allowance and add that to the basic rate and claims its proposals are above inflation.
A Stagecoach spokesman said talks had been arranged for this morning in a bid to avert the walkout.
She said: “We have made a strong pay offer to employees and are disappointed that this planned strike action has been announced by the union.
“If the industrial action does go ahead we have a contingency plan in place which will allow us to operate a full service to try to ensure that our customers will not be adversly affected.”