Arriva 24 hour bus strike is taking place tomorrow
Unless the dispute is resolved, they’ll be walking out two more times this month
Arriva bus drivers are planning to walk out this week in a row over pay meaning huge disruption will be caused to passengers across Merseyside. More than 2,000 drivers and engineers at depots across the North West will walk out Thursday 19th October 2017. They are said to be planning to hold two more strikes this month, unless the dispute is resolved.
The second 24 hour strike date is planned for Monday 23rd October and another for Monday 30th October 2017.
Officials at trade union Unite say Arriva’s pay offer is “pitiful” and that the company must tackle pay inequality between different bus garages. The company maintains that its pay and conditions are “the best in the North West” for the bus industry and that the union must restart talks and call off the strikes.
University communications sent out an email stating:
If you have a pre-paid Arriva student ticket you will be able to use it on the Merseyrail network – for details of times please visit Merseyrail: https://www.merseyrail.org/. Arriva tickets will also be accepted on Stagecoach Quality Network Routes – services 10A, 14, 53, 82, 86, 471 and 472. For details of times and other bus services visit Merseytravel: http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/. For those considering cycling, University students receive a Citybike discount https://staff.liverpool.ac.uk/our-workplace-and-community/travel-solutions/citybike/.
The Echo reported that a Merseytravel spokesperson said: “We have been informed of the strikes and we will work with the operators to make sure that passengers are provided with the right information to help them make informed choices about their journeys.
“Passengers should plan ahead, check timetables and adjust their journeys where necessary.”
For updates follow Arriva North West on twitter.