8 Mar 2010

Arriva Wales backs down

A major bus strike that could have disrupted services across North Wales has been suspended after late night talks. The 24-hour walkout by drivers at Arriva Buses Wales was set to take place on Monday over a long running pay dispute.
Arriva moved to take legal action on Thursday, and impose an injunction banning the planned walkout. But the bid foundered late in the afternoon.
They then went straight into last ditch talks with Unite to try to avert industrial action, and called in conciliation service Acas to help broker a deal.
Peter Hughes of Unite said drivers had been unhappy with the pay offer from Arriva. They claim they have been paid £1 an hour less than drivers in Liverpool for doing “exactly the same job”.
Now Arriva bosses have moved to close the gap in pay. Mr Hughes said: “The company has improved their pay offer so we’re balloting members on the issue: strike action for money is suspended.”

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