Over 200 Arriva bus drivers in the Medway towns have called off their 24-hour strike due on Monday (14 December) as ‘a goodwill Christmas gesture’ for passengers.
Unite, the country’s largest union, hopes that this seasonal gesture will help facilitate the dispute which centres on the introduction of unachievable timetables, making it impossible to deliver a safe reliable service in this area of Kent.
Unite regional officer Dave Weeks said: “Our driver members have decided to call off Monday's strike following a proposal containing various concessions around the time issues made by the company yesterday (Thursday 10 December).
“This does not resolve the dispute and further strike days are planned for January. However, calling off Monday's action will provide a breathing space to secure a longer-term resolution.
“It is our members who have made this goodwill gesture for passengers eager to do their Christmas shopping, as well as to those getting to work. We hope this smooths the path to a fair settlement of this dispute which has been dragging on for six months.”
The services cover the Medway towns of Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester, Hoo Peninsula 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.