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Bus action suspended in north east, pending vote on im...

Bus action suspended in north east, pending vote on improved offer

14 March 2013

Unite members at Go North East bus company have suspended their industrial action across the region, while they vote on an improved pay offer, Unite, the largest union in the country, said today (Thursday 14 March).

The new offer - recommended by Unite – will be put to a ballot of the members on Monday 18 March. The ballot will close on Tuesday 26 March.

The industrial action planned for tomorrow (Friday 15 March), Monday 18 March and Saturday 23 March has now been suspended, but will not be withdrawn until the ballot result is known.

The improved offer is:

•    Two per cent from 1 July 2012 which, if accepted, will be backdated
•    A further 0.5 per cent from 1 April  2013
•    A further two per cent on 1 July  2013

Unite regional officer Fazia Hussain-Brown said: “Should this revised offer be rejected, then Unite will issue the company a further seven days notice of a series of dates for 24-hour stoppages for strike action. However, we are recommending acceptance of the new offer.

“Our members have shown solidarity and resilience in standing together in what has been an extremely difficult time.”

In 2012 Go North East made £7.2 million in profit and is on target to make £7.4 million in 2013. Go North East bus drivers earn £18,500 a year compared to Tyne and Wear Metro drivers who earn approximately £40,000.

ENDS

For further information please contact Fazia Hussain Brown on 07904 057 921 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.