Around 150 Go North East bus engineers have won a pay deal, with the vast majority of workers receiving a rise of between 10 and 13.1 per cent, depending on their grade.

The deal also sees the workers’ attendance bonus automatically incorporated into their hourly rate, increasing it by a further 14 pence on top of the percentage pay rise. 

The workers at depots in Dunston, Sunderland, Consett, North Shields, Washington, Hexham and Gateshead voted to accept the pay deal following negotiations last week.

Strike action that was due to begin this week has now been called off. 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This wage deal for Go North East engineers is an excellent result for Unite’s members and testament to the hard work of our reps. 

“We are determined to improve the jobs, pay and conditions of our members in the bus industry and this win shows that workers get results when they’re in Unite.”

Unite regional officer Dave Telford said: “This result is another reminder that those looking to improve their wages and working conditions should join Unite and get their colleagues to do the same.”


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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.