Industrial action planned by Stagecoach staff in October ‘is suspended’ as a new pay offer is put to union members

The Stagecoach bus strike set to hit North Devon this month has been suspended.

The RMT union announced today (Tuesday) that following talks the 24-hour strikes proposed for Friday (October 13) and October 17 and 30 have been suspended after the company made a new pay offer.

The industrial action would have affected more than 800 bus drivers, cleaners and engineering grades at the Barnstaple, Exeter and Torquay Stagecoach garages.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The union is able to confirm that new pay proposals have been tabled by management following intense negotiations.

"After careful consideration and noting this development, the union's National Executive Committee has decided to suspend the planned industrial action. The union will now conduct a referendum on the new proposals in the coming days.

"This shows yet again what can be achieved when trade union members stand together. It is a tribute to our members that the union has been able to make Stagecoach South West come back to the table with an improved offer."

A statement on behalf of Stagecoach South West said: "Following discussions with senior union officials we can confirm that the strike action planned for October 13, 17 and 30 has been suspended, pending a referendum of members on a revised proposal.

"We are therefore plesed to confirm our services will operate as normal on these days, avoiding any disruption to vital transport links for the community."