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Ten-day bus strike is off following settlement

24 January 19

The ten-day bus strike by Arriva drivers due to start this coming Sunday (January 27) is off following an eleventh hour settlement between management and the Unite union. 

Arriva bus services in North Yorkshire, Cleveland, Teesside and Durham areas will now continue to run as normal while the threat of further disruption to services has been eliminated as a result of the agreement reached by the two parties.

Arriva and the union hammered out a new deal earlier this week and this was then put to drivers in workplace ballots on Wednesday and Thursday. Arriva’s offer was accepted by the majority of drivers, bringing an immediate end to the industrial action. 

Arriva managing director for the region, Nigel Featham, welcomed the outcome of protracted negotiations: “In the end, everybody emerged with a positive result.  Our passengers won’t have their travel plans inconvenienced any longer, we’ve backed our drivers with a firm financial commitment and we return our focus to the daily operation of the business."

The new deal will see a reduction in the time, from five years to three years, it takes Arriva Durham area drivers to reach a new top pay rate of £10.60 an hour.  In addition, there are hourly rate hikes for drivers with fewer than three years’ service, with all increases being backdated to March 2018.