Over 300 drivers and supervisors on Manchester's Metrolink tram network - members of Unite, the UK’s leading union - will stage a one day strike on Sunday 10 October, the day of the city's marathon.

The strike action is in response to the poor pay offer put to the workforce. Talks held yesterday (Thursday 30 September) broke up when the contractor Keolis/Amey refused to improve that offer.

Metrolink fair pay

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Metrolink’s workers have continued to keep Manchester moving during the pandemic.  They deserve fair pay.

 “Keolis/Amey must understand that Unite is dedicated to advancing our members' pay and conditions.  Unite's members will have their general secretary's full support throughout this dispute."

Road closures

Competitors and spectators have been advised by the marathon organisers to use the tram system because road closures in the city will cause disruption for bus passengers and car drivers.

Unite has also announced strikes for Friday 15 October and Monday 18 October, and a further strike on Sunday 24 October when Manchester United will play Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The initial pay offer amounted to a one per cent increase for a 15 month period, in reality a real-terms pay cut.

Keolis/Amey responsibility 

Unite regional officer Dave Roberts said: “The tram contractor, Keolis/Amey, can avoid disruption to the Manchester marathon and our city's other big sporting events by tabling a respectful and decent pay offer.

“Even at this late stage management has the power to avoid these strikes by improving the pay offer. The ball is now in Keolis/Amey’s court.”


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.