Arriva Pay Dispute Ends after Drivers Accept Deal

Arriva Pay Dispute Ends after Drivers Accept Deal
An Arriva North West Alexander Dennis Enviro400 in Chester bound for Crewe.Tom Harrison

Following talks with Unite the Union and GMB on Friday, Arriva North West proposed a new two-year pay offer. It has been announced this evening that bus drivers have accepted the latest pay deal.

Arriva North West tabled a new two-year pay agreement with the unions earlier this week following talks last Friday with management. Subsequently, after the talks, members of Unite and GMB unions took to a ballot on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Following the ballot, it was announced this evening that bus drivers have accepted Arriva’s latest pay deal which was accepted by 1,286 votes to 547.

The vote brings to an end the bitter pay dispute that has seen several walkouts that have disrupted bus services in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

The latest deal agreed this evening will see Arriva bus drivers’ pay in Merseyside and Runcorn rise to £12.10 per hour this year and £12.42 next year.

Phil Stone, Managing Director of Arriva North West said: “Arriva North West is delighted that our latest offer of a two year pay agreement has been accepted by our drivers.

“Throughout this dispute we have maintained that talks and compromise on both sides are the only way to find a resolution. This new agreement means our passengers no longer face the prospect of disruption in the run up to Christmas.

“We hold our drivers in the highest regard and this pay offer is a demonstration of our commitment to invest in our workforce.

“We apologise to our passengers for the disruption over recent weeks and are delighted we can now return to delivering the best possible service to our passengers and the local economy.”

Tom Harrison

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