Arriva bus strike suspended in Northumberland as union put new pay offer to members

A proposed bus strike by Arriva drivers and engineers has been suspended after Unite the Union agreed to take a revised pay offer to their members. Credit: PA

A planned bus strike in Northumberland has been suspended after the union agreed to put a new pay offer to members.

More than 300 drivers and engineers at Arriva's depots in Blyth and Ashington had voted to go on strike later this month.

Arriva North East confirmed that members of Unite the Union have agreed to take the revised pay offer to their members and to suspend the industrial action planned from 7-13 April.

The bus operator says they continue to work with Unite the Union to try and find an agreement.

Unite had claimed that the drivers were paid less than those employed by other companies in the region, including Go North East and Stagecoach.

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