Five more bus strikes on the way this month

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

● TRADE union mem­bers at a Run­corn bus de­pot went on strike once more due to a pay dis­pute with fur­ther in­dus­trial ac­tion on the hori­zon.

Ar­riva bus driv­ers at Beech­wood Av­enue fa­cil­ity who are mem­bers of Unite and GMB went on strike again on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, for 24 hours for the third time in less than a fort­night.

Driv­ers joined col­leagues at 10 other de­pots across the North West in the walk­out as more than 2,000 staff mem­bers were af­fected.

Five fur­ther one-day strikes have been an­nounced through­out this month.

These are on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, Wednesday, Novem­ber 8, Mon­day, Novem­ber 13, Mon­day, Novem­ber 20, and Mon­day, Novem­ber 27.

Bus pas­sen­gers across Hal­ton could be set for dis­rup­tion to their ser­vices af­ter talks over ‘in­ad­e­quate’ pay rates broke down on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 26.

Unite re­gional of­fi­cer John Boughton said: “It is very dis­ap­point­ing that talks broke down yes­ter­day, espe­cially given that Ar­riva is owned by the Ger­man trans­port gi­ant Deutsche Bahn AG and has huge fi­nan­cial re­sources.

“The work­ers are fed up with this con­tin­u­ing diet of in­ad­e­quate pay of­fers when the com­pany makes hand­some prof­its, yet our mem­bers strug­gle to make ends meet as wages lag be­hind ris­ing in­fla­tion.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that these strikes will cause dis­rup­tion to the trav­el­ling pub­lic, but the ball is very much in the com­pany’s court. They have the fi­nan­cial clout to set­tle this dis­pute at the stroke of a pen.”

Strikes on Mon­day, Novem­ber 8, will also co­in­cide with rail ac­tion called by the RMT.

Ar­riva North West re­gional managing direc­tor Phil Stone said: “It is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing that, hav­ing tabled a third im­proved pay offer for our driv­ers in a meet­ing with our union col­leagues to­day, Unite and GMB re­main in­tent on con­tin­u­ing to cause un­nec­es­sary dis­rup­tion and in­con­ve­nience to our cus­tomers. Whilst our fo­cus has been to reach an agree­ment, theirs is to come up with yet more strike dates.

“We have of­fered a fair deal for our driv­ers and one that sup­ports the sus­tain­abil­ity of the busi­ness.

“We would urge the union, yet again, to strongly re­con­sider the im­proved offer put for­ward and call off the strike ac­tion.”

Trade union mem­bers at the Ar­riva bus de­pot in Run­corn on strike on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, over a pay dis­pute

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