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Arriva North West confirm today's strike action

Arriva North West has confirmed strike action today will go ahead where there will be no planned Arriva bus services in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire on strike days.

Strike action in December will go ahead on 4th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December 2017

Arriva customers with pre-paid Arriva tickets travelling in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire will be able to use them on the Merseyrail and Northern rail networks on Monday 20th November

Arriva tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes on Monday 20th November

Arriva North West buses confirms that additional 24-hour industrial action will go ahead throughout December. 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.

Customers with Arriva pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside on Monday 20th November 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.

Arriva urges all customers to check one of the following outlets before they travel:

  • The unions have called further strike days for the 27th November, as well as 4, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 & 23 December 2017.

  • Phil Stone, MD for Arriva North West:

Arriva tabled a further improved and final offer for our drivers at a meeting with UNITE and GMB today [17th November]. We have listened to the Union and responded positively by offering a one year pay deal that ensures the hourly rates of all our drivers remains highly competitive within the industry.

The offer for Merseyside is 2.6% rising to 3% after 6 months. This is now the fourth improved pay offer that Arriva has made since commencement of the strike action. It is a fair pay deal for our drivers, and one that importantly ensures the long-term sustainability of the business going forward.

In the interests of our drivers and our customers, we have recommended that the union undertakes a confidential postal ballot for the membership facilitated by ACAS, the costs of which Arriva will cover. But the Union have declined this, and have confirmed they will be doing a consultative ballot at each garage next week.

The Union has planned 11 more days of disruption for our customers. We hope this generous pay offer will be accepted and bring an end to the strike action.

– Arriva North West