Unite secures double-digit pay increase for Brighton bus workers

Strikes called off as employees at Brighton and Hove and Metrobus get ten per cent pay rise

Potential bus strikes in Brighton and Hove have been called off following an improved pay deal from the employer.

Bus drivers, as well as cleaners and storekeepers, at Brighton and Hove bus company and Metrobus Crawley voted to accept a deal of ten per cent, backdated to 1 July, and with no reduction in any terms or conditions.

Before a campaign from Unite, the employer had offered seven per cent, a further pay increase later in the year and a reduction in overtime rates. This was resolutely rejected by members. A ballot for industrial action was due to close on 12 September.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Congratulations to our Brighton and Hove and Metrobus members who achieved substantial victories by standing together in their union and refusing to back down. These results are further proof that Unite’s total concentration on improving jobs, pay and conditions is winning for our members.”

Unite regional officer Janet Nobbs added: “This excellent pay deal came about through the hard work and determination of our reps and members at Brighton and Hove and Metrobus. I encourage anyone who wants better wages and working conditions to join Unite and get their colleagues to do the same.”


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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.