Three days of strike action scheduled by North-East bus drivers has been called off after a revised pay offer was made. Members of Unite employed by Go North East were due to walk out today, Monday and next Saturday. However, following discussions between the operator and the union, a revised deal will be balloted on.
The revised offer consists of three parts – a two per cent increase backdated to July 1, 2012; a further 0.5 per cent from April 1, 2013 and a final two per cent from July 1, 2013. Go North East said the increased offer would be funded through productivity improvements which would be the subject of further negotiation.
The new pay offer differs very little from the previous one, which drivers rejected. It even has strings attached. At the moment even the official inflation rate (RPI) is running at 3.3%. A pay 'rise' at anything less than that figure is really a pay cut.