Planned strike action by 2,000 Arriva bus drivers across Liverpool, Manchester and the north west of England has been suspended following an improved pay offer.

Unite is recommending its members accept Arriva’s offer of a 3 per cent wage increase. 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members have shown that by standing together in unity management has been obliged to make an improved pay offer. 

"Arriva must understand that we remain utterly determined to secure proper and lasting improvements to the pay and conditions of our members."

The strike, which would have disrupted services across the region, was scheduled to begin tomorrow (Saturday 30 October). 

Following fresh pay talks today (Friday 29 October) a new improved pay offer was made by management. Unite is now in the process of balloting its members on the offer.

Unite regional officer Alison Spencer-Scragg said: “This offer is a welcome step in the right direction. Unite’s members will now decide if it meets their aspirations.”

If Unite's members reject the offer, fresh notice for strike action will be served.


Notes to editors:

‘Unsatisfactory’ Arriva pay offer likely to result in imminent bus strikes across North West

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.