Sunderland Stagecoach drivers cancel four planned strikes in city

The strikes have been cancelled.
The strikes have been cancelled.
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Strikes planned by bus drivers in Sunderland over a pay row have now been cancelled.

Members of the GMB union who work for operator Stagecoach in Sunderland were set to stage four 24-hour walkouts, starting from Monday.

But it has been announced today that union members have voted to accept a revised offer placed before them by Stagecoach, ending the plan for industrial action.

The strikes would have taken place over four successive Mondays - with Stagecoach reassuring customers that bus services would run as normal.

Read more: Stagecoach bus drivers in Sunderland to go on strike in row over pay

Colin Smith, GMB Senior Organiser said: "The GMB met with Stagecoach on Thursday, October 13 to seek to negotiate a settlement to prevent strike action scheduled to take place on Monday, October 17.

"The company tabled a revised offer and GMB members were balloted today, Friday, October 14, and voted to accept the revised offer.

"Therefore, the dispute is resolved and the strike action is withdrawn."