Arriva Yorkshire workers in pay win

Arriva Yorkshire bus dispute ended after workers accept improved pay offer worth on average 9% for bus drivers

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The long running industrial action involving bus drivers employed by Arriva Yorkshire has ended after they accepted a vastly improved pay offer.

The 650 workers had taken four weeks of strike action in the dispute after rejecting an initial 4.1 per cent increase. However following prolonged negotiations a revised offer worth an average of nine per cent for drivers, was accepted following a ballot of members.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This was a superb result for our members. Through their unity and determination they have ensured that Arriva more than doubled its original offer.

“Unite is the union which always puts the job, pay and conditions of its members first and that approach is paying dividends as this Arriva deal demonstrates.”

As part of the deal the rate for new starters have increased from £9.79 an hour to £10.84, while anyone with a year’s service will receive at least £11.96, all drivers with at least three years’ service will receive £13.20 an hour.

Unite regional officer Phil Bown added, “This has been a highly challenging dispute and its success is due to the commitment of our members at Arriva Yorkshire and to the hard work and dedication of the union’s reps.”

By Barckley Sumner

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