Bus strikes postponed in Milton Keynes

    Bus workers have called off strikes following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Bus workers in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas were due to strike on 16th and 20th September.

    It follows two days of strikes over Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September, which caused disruption to commuters across the city.

    A walk-out is now expected to take place on 30th 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.

    Strike action has been taking place by staff at Arriva’s depots in Luton, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Ware, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead.

    A spokesman for Arriva said: "We have put forward a significant pay offer for our employees, which recognises the great work that they do and reflects the unprecedented cost of living challenge facing the region.

    "However, any pay rise has to be affordable in order to protect the long-term sustainability of the bus network."

    The bus company has said it will be running a Sunday timetable on 19th September.

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