Strikes at Arriva North West have been called off after the company put forward an improved pay offer, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Wednesday 17 August). 

Around 1,800 workers who have been on strike since 20 July will return to work from tomorrow and be balloted on the offer.

The ballot will be conducted over the next two days with the result declared on Friday afternoon.

The one year 11.1 per cent offer, which will be backdated to April, applies to more than 2,000 Unite members.

Unite regional officer Dave Roberts said: “Following our members’ very strong rejection of the company’s offer yesterday evening, Arriva have seen sense and met the demands of our members by tabling an 11.1 per cent pay deal. Unite’s negotiating team is recommending the offer be accepted and it is being put to members in a vote.

“The strike is suspended pending the outcome of the ballot and drivers are to return to work tomorrow to serve the needs of the community and public. The determination and resolve of our members has been solid throughout the industrial action and we thank those who have provided support and assistance to secure the offer from the company.”


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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.