|Strike action is forthcoming at Stagecoach in Norfolk|
It has been brewing for many months, however, drivers working for Stagecoach in Norfolk belonging to the RMT Union have voted in favour of strike action for the second time this year. Lynn News has reported that over 90% of drivers responding voted for strike action, and almost 98% voted for action short of a strike - such as a refusal towards overtime.
The anger from drivers comes following an offer of a pay rise which the union has described as "inadequate". As it stands, drivers employed at the former Norfolk Green operation are paid £8.50 an hour, with a 75 pence attendance allowance. The offer of a pay rise will see driver's hourly pay increase by 40 pence to £8.90, with 25 pence of that taken from the existing attendance allowance - which as a result with drop to 50 pence.
Stagecoach in Norfolk is overlooked by the Stagecoach East division, headed at the premises on 100 Cowley Road in Cambridge. Controversy comes as drivers across the rest of the Stagecoach East operation are paid around three pounds more than colleagues working from the King's Lynn operation here in Norfolk. Earlier in the year, Stagecoach East Manager Andy Campbell told Lynn News that it was a "lovely aspiration" of King's Lynn drivers to be paid the same as their Cambridge based colleagues, blaming the differences on the volume of passengers using buses in West Norfolk.