Bus drivers in Liverpool will be going out on strike on Saturday in the first of FOUR days of industrial action this month.
Engineer and drivers at Stagecoach ’s Gillmoss depot will be going out on strike in a row over pay leaving only a “very limited” Stagecoach service in the city.And Unite the union has also confirmed three more dates for strike action – Thursday, October 19, Monday, October 23, and Monday, October 30.
The only Stagecoach services that will run from the depot on Saturday will be the 917 and 20/21 routes serving Anfield stadium, where the Liverpool v Manchester United match will be taking place.
Services in Wirral and Cheshire will operate as normal.
The strikes will mean more misery for Liverpool travellers, who are also dealing with regular strikes on Merseyrail as a row over plans to remove guards from trains rumbles on.
Stagecoach Merseyside managing director Rob Jones said: “We will be meeting our commitments to police and other partners to provide as many services as we can to the Liverpool/Manchester United football match, in the knowledge that most people travelling on our wider network will be able to use services provided by other operators as an alternative.
“As such, the main services on Saturday will be covering the 917 and 20/21 routes and these may be subject to delays at busy times.
“The union’s demands during the latest round of negotiations were completely unrealistic and we are very disappointed that they have chosen this course of action, which is not in the best interests of our employees or our customers. We believe the offers we have made are fair and reasonable.”
Mr Jones said more services could run on the other strike days.
he added: “I would like to reassure all customers that we are doing all we can to ensure that if this further strike action does go ahead, we will be in a position to draft in extra resource and run more services and do what we can to minimise the impact on passengers who rely on our services.”
The ECHO has approached Unite and Merseytravel for a comment on the strike dates.
Last month John Boughton, regional industrial organiser at Unite, told the ECHO that Stagecoach workers had voted for industrial action and added: “Given the fact that almost 98% of people voted in favour of action, one would hope that management would want to get around the table to resolve our differences so that industrial action would be averted.”