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Bus drivers to hold new 10-day strike in Arriva pay dispute

Arriva bus drivers strike Photo: ITV News

By Kris Jepson

Bus drivers, represented by the Unite union, say they will hold another round of strikes at the end of January if a pay dispute with Arriva North East is not resolved.

The Unite union representatives have told ITV News a 10 day strike will begin on the 27 January, running till the 5 February, unless a deal can be struck.

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Coming at the end of a seven day walkout, the 650 workers on Teesside, North Yorkshire and County Durham, say they want a £1 per hour pay rise backdated to March 2018.

Arriva North East has rejected this request, instead offering a 75p per hour pay offer over two years, in four instalments.

Arriva bus drivers strike Credit: ITV News

The drivers in question operate in and around Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Stockton and Whitby.

Union bosses and company managers are due back at the negotiating table again on Thursday as both sides seek an agreement.

The company’s answer to our claim was always “no, no, no”, now we’ve had to go on strike to get them to move their position. It’s not fair (to commuters) in the sense that they’ve had to get alternative arrangements. We apologise, but it’s the company who have been dragging their heels.

– Bob Bolam, Unite member
Arriva buses Credit: ITV News

Arrive North East bosses say the industrial action is of real concern and is putting the company at risk.

We’re very concerned about the inconvenience that it causes to our customers and the long-term damage that it can do to the bus services. We will be doing our best to try to avert a further round of damaging strike action.

– Nick Knox, Arrive North East