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Arriva North West bus strikes: Unions reject latest pay offer


Nine 24-hour strikes by Arriva North West bus staff will go ahead in December after union members voted to reject the company’s latest pay offer.Members of the Unite and GMB unions will walk out on 4, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December, affecting bus services throughout the region.A Unite spokesman said there had been “a large turnout and large rejection”.The bus company’s managing director said he was “deeply disappointed” people would face “more disruption”.Phil Stone added that staff had been offered a “fair and competitive pay rise”, which would see an average driver “earn an additional £756 per annum”.Calling for “proper mediated talks” with the unions, he said an “extended strike in the run-up to Christmas will have a serious impact on people’s lives and the local economy”.Unite’s John Boughton said 85% of members had voted in the ballot and 84% had voted to reject the offer.He said Arriva made “huge profits within the region and particularly in Liverpool” and all staff wanted was “a fair share of those profits”.He added that Unite would prefer a face-to-face meeting rather than going through mediation.Arriva North West run services in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire.
Source: BBC Lancashire