Unite, the UK’s biggest union, has slammed Arriva North West for claiming that bus drivers have rearranged strike action from Wednesday 13 December to Sunday 10 December – the day of Merseyside and Manchester Derby football matches.
Unite says Arriva is trying to turn the public against striking bus drivers by spreading ‘false news’ on social media today (Monday 27 November). Unite has not issued any ‘official legal notice’ to the company over changes to strike action and planned strike action will go ahead as scheduled for 4, 7, 12 ,13, 14, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December.
Unite regional officer Neil Clarke said: “It is clear that the company is deliberately trying to turn the public against striking bus drivers.
“Our members are definitely not striking on 10 December.
“It would not be legally possible to strike on 10 December as under new trade union laws you have to give 14 days’ notice of strike action to the company.
“This is a company which made a decision not to run park and ride and local school buses and turned them into commercial services to boost profits in a further attempt to discredit Unite – leaving school children stranded.
“And now Arriva management are causing unnecessary concern for football fans over false accusations that bus drivers will be moving strike action from 13 December to 10 December to hit passengers travelling to the Merseyside and Manchester Derby matches. This is totally untrue. Unite has not issued any official legal notice to Arriva management.
“It’s time Arriva stopped playing ‘dirty tactics’ and enters into realistic negotiations.”
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For more information please contact Neil Clarke on 07734 743 460 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.
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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.