Alex welcomes news of Stagecoach / Unite pay deal agreement

Alex said:

“I’ve been clear throughout this dispute that Teesside bus drivers are worth every bit as much as drivers on Tyneside, and called on Stagecoach bosses to show they think the same by paying them equally.

“The outcome of pay negotiations between Stagecoach and Unite the union is not a perfect one, but it is better than that which Teesside drivers had been previously offered. I’m pleased that a deal has been reached and further strike action will no longer take place.

“I’d now urge Stagecoach bosses to work with the Unite representatives to close the regional gap in pay quickly and pay drivers equally whether they drive in Teesside or in the wider North East region.”