The dispute over new timetables which has affected more than 200 Arriva bus drivers in the Medway towns has been resolved ... for the time being.
The drivers, members of Unite, the country’s largest union, voted today (Wednesday 23 December) to accept a new set of timetables by a large margin – but with the proviso that they will revisit the issue at the end of March to see if they are working satisfactorily.
The six-month dispute has centred on the introduction of unachievable timetables, making it impossible, the union said, to deliver a safe reliable service.
Unite regional officer Dave Weeks said: “Today our driver members voted to accept the new set of proposals which have been hammered out in tough negotiations with the Arriva management.
“However, the drivers made it crystal clear that if these new duty rosters are still causing problems in a couple of months time, we will revisit the issue at the end of March.
“Throughout this dispute, Unite has always said that, while we are concerned about the welfare of our members, we also want to ensure that bus passengers in Medway feel reassured that they are travelling in a safe environment.”
The services affected cover the Medway towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Hoo Peninsula, Rainham, Rochester, and Strood.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
- 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.