Bus passengers in the north west are set for disruption to their services, running until the end of November, after talks over ‘inadequate’ pay rates broke down yesterday, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Friday 27 October).
Over 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff working for Arriva North West across 11 depots, who have already started a campaign of industrial action, will strike again for 24 hours on Monday (30 October) – and this will be followed by further five one-day strikes on 6, 8,13, 20 and 27 November.
The Arriva bus depots affected are: Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Green Lane (Stoneycroft), Macclesfield, Runcorn, St. Helens, Speke, Southport, Winsford and Wythenshaw.
Unite regional officer John Boughton said: “It is very disappointing that talks broke down yesterday, especially given that Arriva is owned by the German transport giant Deutsche Bahn AG and has huge financial resources.
“The workers are fed up with this continuing diet of inadequate pay offers when the company makes handsome profits, yet our members struggle to make ends meet as wages lag behind rising inflation.
“We appreciate that these strikes will cause disruption to the travelling public, but the ball is very much in the company’s court. They have the financial clout to settle this dispute at the stroke of a pen.”
Picket lines will be assembling outside of all Arriva North West depots on the strike days.
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For further information please contact Unite regional officer John Boughton, on 07970 094589 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.