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Bus Strike Update: Breakthrough on the horizon?

22 January 19

Management at Arriva Bus and representatives of the Unite trade union have agreed a revised pay deal that will now be put to the union’s 650 members in workplace ballots on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. 

If the new deal meets with driver approval, the ten day bus strike due to start on Sunday 27 January will be called off.  

The improved pay deal was reached following three days of intensive negotiation between the bus operator and Unite and now comprises the best pay deal ever put to Arriva Durham drivers.

Arriva managing director for the region, Nigel Featham, says the company has done everything in its power to call a halt to further industrial action and to avoid disruption to passengers’ travel plans: ‘While we’ve moved heaven and earth to seek a resolution we now need to await the outcome of the ballot.’

Unite officials are reported to be satisfied they have now achieved the best possible deal on behalf of its members, hence the decision to put the improved offer to a further vote.

The ballots will take place in Arriva’s four depots across the region, in Darlington, Durham, Redcar and Stockton.

The result of the ballot, for which a simple majority is required, is expected to be known on Thursday evening (January 24).