Strike action to 'severely impact' bus services in Milton Keynes

    Around 900 bus workers at Arriva are set to strike from 3am on 5th September until 3am on the morning of 7th September over pay deals.

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

    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.

    Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Arriva and Deutsche Bahn have funnelled money made by these workers out of the country for years. It is abundantly clear they can afford to pay a decent increase. Instead, and during the worst cost of living crisis for decades, they are asking them to take a real terms wage cut. 

    “Unite will not accept attacks on our members jobs, pay and conditions and the Arriva workforce will receive Unite’s total support until Arriva comes back with an acceptable offer.” 

    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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