Bus drivers in South Yorkshire accept pay deal

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Bus drivers in South Yorkshire have accepted a new pay deal, averting strike action.

Drivers have been locked in a pay dispute with First Bus and union members were balloted for potential strike action.

First South Yorkshire said drivers in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster have accepted the company’s pay offering following a workplace ballot yesterday.

Ben Gilligan, managing director for First South Yorkshire said, “Following constructive discussions with Unite the Union representatives, I’m pleased that our drivers have accepted the one-year pay offer through to March 2016.

“We look forward to focussing on the delivery of further improvements for our customers and encouraging even more people to use bus services in South Yorkshire.”

A spokesman for Unite confirmed drivers had accepted a one per cent pay increase, backdated to the start of April.

He said: “We have now cancelled the strike action ballot.”