Arriva bus users to find alternative travel as workers set to strike in Milton Keynes

    Bus workers at Arriva are set to strike across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September.

    Staff at the German-owned bus company, that covers Milton Keynes and surrounding areas, will strike for several days in September, affecting bus services.

    The strikes, taking place on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September

    According to Unite the Union, Arriva is offering its staff, including drivers, admin staff, engineers, cleaners and shunters, pay rises of between four per cent and six per cent -  a pay cut in real terms with the rate of inflation.

    An Arriva spokesperson told MKFM: "Despite further negotiations with our Union partners today, we are extremely disappointed for all our customers to confirm that industrial action will take place across the Region on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September.

    "Arriva remains committed to resolving the industrial action and continues encourage Unite to ballot on this latest pay offer. We will continue to keep our customers and stakeholders updated, we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause across the region, particularly as our schools return for a new academic year."

    Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Our members are striking as a last resort because Arriva is refusing to offer a reasonable pay rise, despite being more than able to afford to. The company is responsible for the severe disruption these strikes will cause. We urge them to return with an offer our members can accept to end this dispute as soon as possible.”  

    Strike action will be taken by staff at Arriva’s depots in Luton, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Ware, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead.

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