Arriva bus strike in Milton Keynes called off after pay deal reached

    Bus strikes in Milton Keynes will no longer take place following an agreed pay deal.

    It has been announced that strikes that were due to take place across Milton Keynes, Luton, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Ware, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead on 30 September will no longer go ahead, after it was announced that Unite members had 'secured a vastly improved deal'.

    The new deal will see drivers' pay rise by between 10% and 11.1%.

    A spokepserson for Arriva said: "We are very pleased for our customers and colleagues across the Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire & Bedfordshire regions - that we have been able to reach an agreement with Unite which brings confidence back to our bus network in this region. Our pay offer has been accepted, through a ballot by Unite members across the region."

    Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: "Our members secured this vastly improved deal by standing together in their union.

    "As well as a percentage pay rise, the deal also includes an agreement that there will be parity on the top rate of pay within two years across the seven depots involved in the dispute."

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