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Leeds bus strike on Monday suspended for pay talks

Leeds bus strike on Monday suspended for pay talks

08 July 2016

The bus strike in Leeds, set for Monday (11 July), has been suspended so that pay talks with First West Yorkshire can take place, Unite, the country’s largest union, announced this afternoon (Friday 8 July).

A thousand bus workers at the Bramley and Hunslet Park depots in Leeds were striking today (Friday), but the six-hour stoppage due on Monday has been suspended so that talks can take place either on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
 
Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “The management has been in touch today to say that they now wish to enter into meaningful pay negotiations which will take place under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas.

“As a result, the six-hour strike on Monday has been suspended.

“Unite will be entering into these talks in a positive and constructive fashion to seek a fair settlement for our members which would avoid any further industrial action causing inconvenience to the travelling public of Leeds.

“Unite won’t be commenting again until next week’s talks have concluded.”

The pay dispute sparked two 24-hour strikes last month.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org 

  • 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.