This afternoon (Sunday, October 17), bus operator Stagecoach said it welcomed “constructive discussions” with the RMT union as part of wage negotiations covering employees based in the South West.
A statement from the RMT confirmed that the industrial action scheduled by members tomorrow (Monday October 18) has now been called off and bus services will operate normally.
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A spokesperson for RMT said: “RMT has confirmed that all strike action against Stagecoach South West tomorrow has been suspended to allow members to speak on a revised offer received from the company in recent talks today. “
The strike was called by RMT because of the “outrageous” treatment of staff, although they were hailed as key workers just a few months ago.
As a result, the bus operator has warned commuters of the disruption of services in Exeter, Torbay and North Devon.
However, a new salary proposal put forward by Stagecoach must be consulted by employees this week.
The deal would see employees receive a 4.4% pay rise if accepted.
Mike Watson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South West, said: “We had constructive discussions with RMT today and as a result the strike scheduled for Monday October 18 has been called off.
“We are happy to have implemented positive pay packages for our employees who are supported by the union.
“Throughout our discussions, our priority has been to protect jobs, ensure that our employees who keep our communities connected are properly rewarded and secure the long-term future of bus networks in the South West.
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