Arriva bus strike finally ends after pay rise accepted

Arriva bus strike finally ends after pay rise accepted

by Henry James (August 2022)

Arrive North West bus drivers are back behind the wheels after the strike action, dating back to July 20, was finally brought to an end.

A strike by bus drivers affecting the entire region was suspended on Thursday, August 18 after a fresh 11.1% pay rise offer was made by bus company bosses.

Around 1,800 workers have now returned to work.

The 11.1% offer, which will be backdated to April, applies Unite members in Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester, Runcorn, Southport, Speke, St Helens and Winsford.

An initial offer of a 9.6% pay rise was rejected on Tuesday, August 16 by more than three quarters of drivers in the GMB union.

Shortly afterwards, Arriva returned with an improved 11.1% offer, which paved the way for drivers to hold a ballot on Friday, August 19 to officially vote in favour of returning to work.

George Patterson, GMB Organiser, said: “GMB members at Arriva should be very proud of themselves. By standing together they’ve won themselves the pay rise they deserve.

“It's just disappointing it took five weeks of financial hardship and public inconvenience to get there – especially as the company had the finances to fund the pay rise the whole time.”

Unite regional officer Dave Roberts said: “Following our members’ very strong rejection of the company’s initial offer, Arriva have seen sense and met the demands of our members by tabling an 11.1% pay deal. The determination and resolve of our members has been solid throughout the industrial action and we thank those who have provided support and assistance to secure the offer from the company.”

A statement from Arriva North West said: “We are able to confirm that following ongoing discussions in recent weeks, all parties have come to an agreement on an unprecedented pay deal for Arriva North West drivers.

“Arriva would like to thank our customers across the North West region, for your continued patience in recent weeks, during the extremely challenging Strike period.”

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