Industrial Action by Arriva North West Bus Drivers

Industrial Action by Arriva North West Bus Drivers
An Arriva North West Volvo B5LH with Wrightbus Gemini 3 bodywork is pictured in Liverpool.Tom Harrison

Arriva North West has confirmed that the planned 24 hour industrial action for Thursday 19th October will go ahead. Further strike days are also planned for Monday 23rd and Monday 30th October 2017.

There may be limited Arriva bus services operating within the North West on Monday 23rd October 2017 and Monday 30th October 2017, we advise you check the Arriva North West Strike Update Page for the latest news.

Services running out of Chester depot and services into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th October 2017 will operate as normal.

Arriva Buses Wales services 1 (Blacon to Chester), 1 (Wrexham to Chester) 1A, 15, 15A, 15B, DB1, DB2, DB4, 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 10, 10A and 82 (Chester to Northwich) are unaffected by the strikes.

Update for Monday 23rd October 2017 and Monday 30th October 2017: Arriva customers with pre-paid Arriva tickets such as Weekly, Monthly, Annual and Student passes travelling in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire will be able to use them on the Merseyrail and Northern rail networks.

Furthermore, all Arriva tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes 10A, 14, 53, 82, 86, 471 and 472, although existing Quality Network ticket validity remains in place.

Phil Stone, managing director for Arriva North West said: “There have been further talks with the Union today with an improved offer being made in the hope of preventing further disruptive strike action. Despite this improved offer Unite and GMB remain intent on proceeding with the planned action on Monday 23rd October.”

“We have tabled a fair pay deal for our drivers in the region and so continue to urge our trade union colleagues to reconsider their position and get back round the negotiating table and call off the strike action. Management have offered to meet today or over the next few days before Mondays strike action to try and reach agreement”

“Arriva North West once again wholeheartedly apologises to our customers for the disruption this strike action will cause to their journeys. Arriva customers with pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire will be able to use them on the Merseyrail and Northern rail networks, and all Arriva tickets will be accepted on the Stagecoach Quality Network Routes in Merseyside. ”

“Our priority is to continue working together with UNITE and GMB to reach a mutually acceptable outcome, recognising that any pay increase has to be sustainable for the business going forward.”

Commenting Unite regional officer Neil Clarke said: “Arriva is owned by the German transport giant Deutsche Bahn AG and has huge financial resources. All we are seeking is a fair and reasonable pay award against a backdrop of spiralling inflation and soaring living costs.

“Our members are fed up with pitiful pay offers and Arriva’s ‘pick and mix’ approach to wages where some depots get a pay rise and others don’t. This has resulted in wage inequality across a number of depots and is in stark contrast to the company’s claim to be an industry leader in the treatment of its workforce.

“We urge Arriva to put its money where its mouth is and stop treating its loyal workforce so abysmally and that it starts investing in the people who generate the wealth within the business.”

Eddie Parker, GMB Regional Secretary, said: “GMB’s hard working Arriva members just want a fair deal – like everybody else.

“The final pay off made by the company represents an increase between 1.6% and 2.6%. Yesterday inflation hit 3%, so this is in effect a real terms pay cut for members.

“No one wants to go on strike and our members are taking industrial action as a last resort. With eleven sites affected across Merseyside commuters should be aware of potential traffic chaos.”

Picket lines will be assembling outside of all Arriva North West depots on Thursday 19th, Monday 23rd and Monday 30th October 2017.

Customers can follow Arriva North West on Twitter on @arrivanorthwest and Facebook @northwestarriva for further information about the services relating to the strike dates. If social media isn’t your thing, you can enquire about local bus services by contacting Arriva Customer Services on 0344 800 44 11.

Customers with pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside can check the Merseyrail website for route options. If you would like further details on the Quality Network Routes, visit the Merseytravel website. Customers with pre-paid Arriva tickets travelling in the North West can check the Northern Rail website for route options.

Tom Harrison

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