The long running industrial action involving bus drivers employed by Arriva Yorkshire has ended after they accepted a vastly improved pay offer.

The 650 workers had taken four weeks of strike action in the dispute after rejecting an initial 4.1 per cent increase. However following prolonged negotiations a revised offer worth an average of nine per cent for drivers, was accepted following a ballot of members.

Superb result

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This was a superb result for our members. Through their unity and determination they have ensured that Arriva more than doubled its original offer.

“Unite is the union which always puts the job, pay and conditions of its members first and that approach is paying dividends as this Arriva deal demonstrates.”

Rate increases

As part of the deal the rate for new starters have increased from £9.79 an hour to £10.84, while anyone with a year’s service will receive at least £11.96, all drivers with at least three years’ service will receive £13.20 an hour.

Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “This has been a highly challenging dispute and its success is due to the commitment of our members at Arriva Yorkshire and to the hard work and dedication of the union’s reps.”

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Notes to editors

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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.