Confirmed industrial action by Arriva North West bus drivers

Mon, October 23rd, 2017

Confirmed industrial action by Arriva North West bus drivers

• Further strike action planned to go ahead on Monday 23rd October and 30th October
• No planned Arriva bus services in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire on strike days
• Arriva customers with pre-paid Arriva tickets travelling in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire will be able to use them on the Merseyrail and Northern rail networks
• Arriva tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes

Arriva North West buses confirms planned 24 hour industrial action for Monday 23rd will go ahead. A further strike day is also planned for Monday 30th October.

During these times there will be no planned Arriva bus services operating within Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire, except for services running out of Chester depot and services into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl.

During these times there will be no planned Arriva bus services operating within Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or Cheshire, except for services running out of Chester depot and services into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl.

Customers with Arriva pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside will be able to use them on the Merseyrail network on all three strike days. Furthermore, all Arriva tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes.
Arriva urges all customers to check one of the following outlets before they travel:

• Customers can follow Arriva on Twitter on @arrivanorthwest and Facebook @northwestarriva for further information about the services relating to the strike dates.
• Customers can also enquire about their local bus service by contacting Arriva North West customer services on 0344 800 44 11.
• Customers with pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside can check the Merseyrail website for route options: https://www.merseyrail.org/
• Customers can also check details about the Stagecoach Quality Network Routes on the Merseytravel website: https://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-round/timetables/pages/bus-timetables.aspx.
• Customers with pre-paid Arriva tickets travelling in the North West can check the Northern Rail website for route options: https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/

Phil Stone, managing director for Arriva North West said: “There have been further talks with the Union today with an improved offer being made in the hope of preventing further disruptive strike action. Despite this improved offer Unite and GMB remain intent on proceeding with the planned action on Monday 23rd October.”

“We have tabled a fair pay deal for our drivers in the region and so continue to urge our trade union colleagues to reconsider their position and get back round the negotiating table and call off the strike action. Management have offered to meet today or over the next few days before Mondays strike action to try and reach agreement”

“Arriva North West once again wholeheartedly apologises to our customers for the disruption this strike action will cause to their journeys. Arriva customers with pre-paid tickets travelling in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire will be able to use them on the Merseyrail and Northern rail networks, and all Arriva tickets will be accepted on the Stagecoach Quality Network Routes in Merseyside. ”

“Our priority is to continue working together with UNITE and GMB to reach a mutually acceptable outcome, recognising that any pay increase has to be sustainable for the business going forward.”

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