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Bus strike over as drivers accept 2 year deal according to Arriva

Arriva say strikes will end Credit: ITV

Arriva North West says bus drivers have accepted a deal which ends the ongoing strike action.

Drivers have staged a number of walk outs over pay.

Management has announced all strikes planned for the run up to Christmas have been cancelled after union members accepted a two year wage agreement.

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.

– Phil Stone, Managing Director of Arriva North West

Bus strikes across Greater Manchester

Bus services are expected to face major disruption across Greater Manchester today as drivers go on strike.

The action will effect First Manchester services. The Union Unite says drivers are in dispute over changes to conditions and bargaining procedures.

First Manchester Credit: ITV

“We have worked with First and other operators to ensure that dedicated school services, which are supported by TfGM, are able to run as a matter of priority.

– Howard Hartley, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Head of Bus

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Services affected from midnight

Bus workers for Network Warrington will begin a 24-hour strike from midnight tonight.

They are protesting over a zero per cent pay offer.

Most services are likely to be affected.

The Unite union says there will be a series of one day stoppages over the next seven weeks.

Leaders says the company is not listening to its case and is calling on the owners - Warrington borough council - to intervene to resolve the dispute.

Network Warrington says it's the first time in 16 years that the staff have not had a pay increase and that it's extremely disappointed by the action.