Two day bus strike planned for Chichester

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WORKERS at the Chichester bus depot will strike for two days over a dispute with Stagecoach about pay increases.

The first day of strike action called by UNITE will take place on Tuesday and the second will be on Thursday.

But Stagecoach’s regional managing director Andrew Dyer promises services will not be affected during the strikes, which are over a two per cent pay increase.

More than 80 management and staff from Stagecoach across the UK will travel to Chichester to ensure that buses run as usual in the Chichester and Bognor Regis areas. Special services for Goodwood races will also run as normal.

Mr Dyer said the company is facing considerable economic pressure, not only from fuel price increases but also from council budget cutbacks.

He added: ‘In a climate where many people in the UK are getting no pay rise at all, we feel our offer of two per cent to the staff is very fair. I feel for the drivers who strike as they will lose a day’s pay and yet have no impact on our local services.’