Bus workers employed by Go North East at its Chester-Le-Street garage in Durham, will begin strike action later this month as a direct response to the company’s plan to close the depot.

Strike action

The industrial action will involve 170 members of Unite, the UK’s leading union. The all out continuous strike action will begin on Friday 12 August.

The strike action has been called due to the company’s plans to close the Chester-le Street garage next month and permanently move the workers to different depots, some of which are 14 miles away. 

Attack on routes

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: Unites members are making a stand for the local community. The closure of the Chester-le-Street depot threatens the employment of bus workers and will damage the quality of bus services to local areas.

Go North East needs to withdraw its poorly thought out closure plans and enter into meaningful negotiations with Unite to ensure an improved service can be implemented.

Our members at Go North East will receive Unites total support until this dispute is resolved.”

Workers worried on future 

While the company has said that driver and engineers will be transferred to other depots, no assurances for continued employment have been provided to the cleaners and the admin staff at the depot.

The proposed closure of the Chester-Le- Street depot coincides with the company’s plans to cut routes in the region, which will drastically reduce regional connectivity.

Disruption expected 

Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Sanderson said: Strike action will inevitably cause disruption to bus passengers in the local area in the short–term but the long-term consequences of closing the Chester-le-Street depot are far greater.

“Go North East must return now to the negotiating table and  enter  into a full and meaningful consultation with Unite about the future of the depot.”


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Chester-le-Street Go North East workers strike ballot over plans to close towns bus depot

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

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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.