Bus strikes to continue as Arriva drivers reject pay offer

North West bus drivers will continue with their strikes after pay offer by Arriva was rejected by union members.

Over three-quarters of Arriva North West drivers voted to reject the deal which means the continuous strikes will continue tomorrow.

The strike action has been taking place every day since July 20 as drivers and workers fight for a fairer pay deal and will carry on until all parties reach an agreement.

During that period there have been no Arriva buses available across the whole of Merseyside.

George Patterson, GMB regional organiser, said: “Working people are facing the worst cost of living crisis for a generation. These drivers are fighting for a fair pay rise to help them through it.

“We need something better from Arriva. Bus drivers need to know that they’ll be able to cover their bills.

“We won’t stop fighting for our members to get the decent pay they deserve.”

A statement on the company website posted on August 12, read: “Following re-convened pay negotiations today, Arriva has tabled an improved offer that has enabled UNITE the Union and GMB to ballot members on this offer. The ballot will take place on Monday, 15th and Tuesday, 16th August 2022.

“All parties are working hard to bring the industrial action to a conclusion with the desire to resume service on Wednesday, 17th August.”