Over 100 bus workers working for Abellio Surrey have suspended strike action following a breakthrough in talks at the conciliation service Acas, Britain’s largest union Unite announced today (Tuesday 9 June).
The drivers had been threatening to take strike action on the 11, 12, 15 and 16 June over unilateral moves by Abellio Surrey to tear up a two-year agreement covering pay, terms and conditions that was signed in 2014.
Following talks at Acas the company has now agreed to honour the original agreement and withdraw the imposition of a new lower starter rate of £9.46, with no pay progression.
The agreement now ensures a new starter rate of £11.11 and progression to the normal pay rate of £11.90 per hour after one year and six months service.
Commenting, Unite regional officer Dave Weeks said: “We are pleased that the company has committed to honour its original agreement and taken a step back from imposing new lower starter rates.
“Strike action has been suspended as a result and we will be consulting with members on whether to accept or reject the deal reached at Acas.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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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.