From Sheffield today...
First, the county's largest bus company, has received formal notification from union bosses that drivers will strike indefinitely from midnight on Monday.
The industrial action is over pay. Drivers are angry that the company's latest offer of 1.5 per cent works out at 24 pence an hour over the next two years.
Their representitives have been negotiating with managers at First for the past three months.
Brandon Jones, commercial director of First, did not deny the union's figures - but refused to go into details of the pay deal.
FULL ARTICLE: http://www.sheffieldtoday.net/viewarticle2.aspx?ArticleID=821536&SectionID=58&Search=bus&Searchtype=any&SearchSection=58&DateFrom=011995&DateTo=072004&Page=1&ReturnPage=Results.aspx
ALSO: This company since deregulation (Privatisation) has rised fares to an extortionate level in South Yorkshire, as the have just about full monopoly of all major services. This is unacceptable for many working people who don't have much choice. In Manchester for example, a lot of companies offer flat rate fares at prices from around 50p. This although prices are better is not ideal as the network is fractured and and again First or Stagecoach dominate certain areas. The only way for decent public transport is to bring it back into the publics helm as we once had. South Yorkshire had an envied system where the elderly could travel free and kids prices were "cheap as chips"! I think we need some discussion about this issue too...