Sheffield tram system set to be ‘paralysed’ by strike action next week in ‘26p an hour’ pay offer row

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UNITED LEFT supports our UNITE members at Sheffield Supertram on strike for the first time in Supertram’s history! Profit-rich multinational Stagecoach is still holding wage rises down below inflation and our UNITE members are determined to win a proper pay rise. We say uniting together to take strike action is the best way to break the cycle of low pay, below inflation pay rises and greedy profit hungry bosses! See link

The Sheffield Supertram network will be ‘paralysed’ by two days of strike action next week as drivers and conductors walk-out in a dispute over a ‘26 pence an hour’ pay offer.

About 200 drivers and conductors working on the 48-stop light rail tram system will strike for 24 hours on Monday (9 July) and again on Thursday (12 July). Both strikes will start at 01.00.

Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the workers had overwhelmingly rejected the latest revised three-year pay offer from May 2018 yesterday (Thursday 5 July) made by the employer, South Yorkshire Supertram Ltd.

Unite said that when the details are analysed it amounted to an increase of just 26p an hour and the union accused the management of ‘playing a game of smoke and mirrors’.

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