Further strike by bus drivers

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ANOTHER one day strike by bus drivers was going ahead today.

Stagecoach drivers in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley turned down 5.5 per cent and a new pay offer of £9.05 an hour. Unite union members already took strike action in December and November.

Stagecoach said it would operate a ‘near-normal’ service despite the action, with a £1 flat single fare for adults.

Unite spokesman John Evans said drivers are calling for £9.50 an hour - still less than other firms pay in the region, he claimed.

Stagecoach buses in Sheffield and Chesterfield, and Stagecoach East Midlands buses in Rotherham and Doncaster were running as normal.