Sheffield Supertram strike: Workers set to vote today on improved pay offer

Tram workers are set to vote whether to go ahead with strike action or accept the new pay offer
Tram workers are set to vote whether to go ahead with strike action or accept the new pay offer
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Supertram staff in Sheffield are set to vote today on an improved pay package offered to avert planned strikes.

Union members voted overwhelmingly last month to take industrial action, rejecting the 26p an hour rise which was initially offered to drivers and conductors.

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They are currently set to walk out next Monday, July 9, and Thursday, July 12, with tram replacement bus services planned for those days.

After the initial deal was rejected, Stagecoach Supertram this week made an improved offer under which drivers' pay would increase by 4.4 per cent and conductors' wages by 5.5 per cent across the next two years, with a shorter working week and enhanced overtime rates among other sweeteners.

Taking into account the shorter working week, bosses claim this equates to a 6.8 per cent rise in hourly rates for conductors and a 5.8 per cent increase for drivers.

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Unite the Union is balloting members today over the revised proposals, with a decision due to be announced tomorrow morning.

The union, which described last month's ballot as a 'wake up call' to tram bosses, has yet to comment publicly on the amended offer.

More than 200 drivers and conductors took part in the original ballot, with 91.7 per cent of voters backing strike action and 95.8 per cent supporting industrial action short of a strike.

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Should the strikes go ahead, Stagecoach Supertram has said tram replacement bus services will be in place on both days, but will operate on a reduced timetable between 7am and 7pm.