Unite wins of the year - Arriva North London

On the ninth day of Christmas, UniteLive looks back pay win at Arriva in North London - 'the best deal across London bus network'

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2022 has been the year of Unite wins – under general secretary Sharon Graham, Unite has had more victories in the workplace than it can count. As part of our special 12 days of Christmas series, UniteLive looks back at a handful of the many wins we’ve had in every month throughout the year.

Today, we reflect on a key win for North London bus drivers in September – it’s just one of many wins that Unite has had in the sector throughout the year.

Planned strike action by the bus drivers employed by Arriva in North London was called off after the workers secured a much-improved pay offer in September.

The 2,000 drivers received an 11 per cent pay increase from mid October, with the workforce also receiving 10 per cent in back pay from April 2.

In addition, drivers who undertake a night shift on Boxing Day will now receive an extra £50 payment.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This is a very strong result and establishes what can be achieved when union members stand together in unity.

“This deal demonstrates how Unite’s complete focus on the jobs, pay and conditions is paying direct dividends for our members.”

The drivers were due to begin all-out strike action from early October but that was suspended following the new offer by the company. Unite members were balloted on the offer and following its acceptance by the workforce the strikes were called off.

The pay increase represents the best deal across the London bus network and Unite will be seeking to replicate it with other bus companies operating in the capital.

Unite regional officer Steve Stockwell noted, “This result would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Unite’s representatives.

“Unite will now be looking to build on this deal across the London bus network.”

Stay tuned for more Unite wins tomorrow.

By UniteLive team