Further Strikes by Arriva North West Bus Drivers throughout December

Further Strikes by Arriva North West Bus Drivers throughout December
An Arriva North West DAF SB120 with Wrightbus Cadet bodywork passing through Fiddlers Ferry.Tom Harrison

Arriva bus passengers in the North West are set for further disruption to their services throughout December as the latest revised pay offer was rejected by GMB and Unite Unions.

Arriva North West has confirmed that the planned 24-hour industrial action for Monday 4th December 2017 will go ahead. During these times there will be no planned Arriva bus services operating within Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire, except for services running out of Chester depot and services into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl.

Over 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff working for Arriva North West across 11 depots, will strike again on various days throughout December.

“We remain focused on resuming constructive talks with the unions to find a solution and to end the disruption to our passengers and staff in the run-up to Christmas.— Phil Stone, Arriva North West

These include one-day strikes on Monday 4th, Thursday 7th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd December 2017.

The Arriva North West bus depots affected are Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Green Lane, Macclesfield, Runcorn, St Helens, Speke, Southport, Winsford and Wythenshawe.

Customers with Arriva pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside on Monday 4th December will be able to use them on the Merseyrail network, and throughout the North West on corresponding Northern Rail routes. In addition to this, Arriva tickets will continue to be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes in Merseyside.

Commenting on the latest rejection of the revised pay offer, Phil Stone, MD for Arriva North West, said: “We take great pride at Arriva North West that every day thousands of people in the region rely on us to get them to work, take their children to school and connect them with family and friends.

That’s why we are deeply disappointed that so many passengers will be affected by Monday and Thursday’s strike action next week. We have made a fair and competitive pay offer to staff – 2.6% rising to 3% for the six Merseyside depots and Runcorn depot.

We remain focused on resuming constructive talks with the unions to find a solution and to end the disruption to our passengers and staff in the run-up to Christmas.”

Tom Harrison
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