Strikes by bus workers employed by Stagecoach on Teesside have been suspended following an improved pay offer.
The strikes scheduled for Thursday 18 November, Saturday 20 November and Monday 22 November have all been called off to allow members to ballot on the improved pay offer.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:
“This is a potential breakthrough in the dispute.
“However, Unite is committed to ensuring that the jobs, pay and conditions of our members are fully protected and so the union will continue to support our members until this dispute with Stagecoach is resolved.”
The new pay offer was made following extensive negotiations between Stagecoach’s management and Unite, the UK’s leading union.
Unite regional officer Mark Sanderson said:
“Since the beginning of this dispute Unite believed that a resolution could be achieved through negotiations.”
“The improved offer will now be voted on by members who will decide if it meets their expectations.”
Strike action began on Monday 8 November and the workforce have already taken four days of industrial action in the dispute.
If the offer is rejected then strike action will resume, with the next strike scheduled for Wednesday 24 November.