Northern Ireland bus drivers at both Ulsterbus and Metro have rejected the latest pay offer from management as inadequate in the face of spiralling living costs.

Following the result, Unite today gave notice to Translink of a first, one-week strike action from next Tuesday (17 May). The strike is likely to shut down all bus transport services for the duration.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham expressed her support for the bus drivers’ fight for improved pay.

She said: “Unite bus drivers in Translink and Ulsterbus have increasing bills to pay like everyone else.

“The employers have to grasp that with inflation reaching levels unprecedented in a generation, these workers deserve pay that protects them from the living cost crisis and they have Unite’s full support as they take strike action.”

The strike action will involve members of both Unite the union and the GMB, whose members also rejected the latest pay offer.

Unite deputy regional secretary Davy Thompson called on management to act ahead of the action to avoid unnecessary and disruptive strike action, saying: “This action is likely to shut down all bus services across Northern Ireland and will be hugely disruptive to public transport.

“Translink management still has the opportunity in coming days to avert this outcome by returning to the table and making an improved offer that meets the needs of Unite’s members.”


For further information or an interview contact Davy Thompson, Unite deputy Regional Secretary, 07979 244952 or Donal O’Cofaigh, Unite Campaigns, Communications & Press (NI), tel. 07810 157926. 

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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.