650 Arriva bus drivers in the North East are to strike for a week, they will walk out at 12.01am on Sunday, January 6, until 11.59pm on Saturday, January 12 due to ongoing pay dispute.
The bus drivers are seeking a pay increase of £1 per hour on the rates for the year starting March 2018 from Arriva Durham County Ltd.
They had earlier rejected a revised package before Christmas which included 75p on the hourly rate over two years in four instalments.
UNITE, Britain’S largest union which represents the drivers accused the bus company of not doing enough after the drivers had overwhelmingly rejected the revised pay offer.
UNITE claims that the drivers believe they are the second lowest paid drivers of all the Arriva bus companies across the UK.
The drivers taking part in the week long strike are based at Durham, Darlington, Redcar, Stockton and Whitby.
The Arriva management refutes UNITE’s claims, and said that there is no justification that their drivers are poorly paid relative to others. They claim that it’s a false flag, and one that has led to an unnecessary industrial action.
The week-long strike will cause severe disruption to bus users across the north east.