Damien Moore MP Welcomes End to Arriva Bus Strike Dispute

13th December 2017

Southport MP Damien Moore has welcomed the cancellation of tomorrow’s Arriva bus strike and all other walkouts planned for December after drivers accepted Arriva’s latest pay deal.

Bus drivers had been in a long-running dispute and had been lobbying for a pay rise to £12.10.

The deal agreed will see driver’s being paid in Merseyside and Runcorn £12.10 per hour this year and £12.42 in 2018.

GMB and Unite Union had held a number of strikes which caused disruption across the seaside town, and had further plans to strike today prior to deliberations on Friday.

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Commenting on the resolution, Damien said:

“I am glad to see the dispute between bus drivers and Arriva conclude as we head into the Christmas Period.”

“The dispute has caused significant problems for many residents in Southport, particularly the elderly in the wet weather, and has caused much concern in what should be the busiest time of year for businesses. Ending the dispute, will, I’m sure, be widely welcomed.”

“I have spoken to a number of bus drivers who I understand did not take this action lightly, and I have a further meeting scheduled next week with Arriva when I will discuss the agreement reached in greater detail.”

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