Leeds bus strikes, by members of Unite employed at First West Yorkshire, will be suspended for two weeks from Tuesday (20 June) to allow workers to be balloted on an improved deal. 

Following extensive negotiations over the weekend, a new offer was put forward by First West Yorkshire’s management.

Unite regional officer Darren Rushworth said: “Following an improved offer from First West Yorkshire, Unite has, as an act of good faith, suspended strikes while our members are balloted on the new deal.”

Approximately 800 bus drivers based in Leeds are involved in the dispute. Strikes will resume if the workers reject the new deal. 


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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.