Sheffield & South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire bus drivers stage third 24-hour strike

Bus drivers in parts of South Yorkshire are staging the third of four planned strikes in a row over pay.

Unite union members working for Stagecoach South Yorkshire are taking part in a 24-hour walkout at the Barnsley and Rawmarsh depots.

Two days of strike action took place last month and a fourth walkout is planned for Saturday.

Stagecoach said a "near-normal level of service" would operate in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley.

The company said it had drafted in more than 100 managers and supervisors to keep most services running between 07:00 GMT and 18:00 GMT.

Paul Lynch, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: "We have negotiated with the trade union for six months to try and avoid this situation, and, in contrast to many other companies and organisations in the current climate, we have made several pay offers."

He added: "Our efforts are now focused on making sure the majority of passengers are not affected by the strike action with a robust contingency timetable."

All school services would operate as normal on each of the planned strike days, Stagecoach said.

Services in Sheffield and Chesterfield and those operated by Stagecoach East Midlands in south Rotherham and Doncaster would run as normal, the company said.

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