Five week strike action suspended on Arriva Cymru bus services

Five weeks of strike action has been suspended on Arriva Cymru bus services.

Arriva Cymru bus drivers started five weeks of industrial action over pay on Sunday (November 14), after last-ditch talks failed on Friday evening (November 12).

The action brought a stop to all but a handful of services in North Wales and Chester, causing issues for many travellers.

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However, according to the trade union Unite, the strike action has now been suspended after officials said that Arriva had presented a ‘new and improved’ pay offer.

Unite Wales revealed the news via its social media page last night (November 18).

A statement said: “Following talks with Arriva Bus Wales today, the company have now presented a new and improved pay offer.

“We will therefore be suspending strike action across North Wales and will be balloting our members on the new offer.”

Meanwhile, Arriva Buses Wales also took to social media to announce that services in North Wales and Chester would be returning as of today (November 19).

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A statement read: “Arriva Bus Services to resume in North Wales and Chester from tomorrow Arriva can confirm that buses will resume in North Wales and Chester from tomorrow morning.

“The announcement comes following further talks with, Unite this week which led to a suspension of the strike.”

Arriva Buses Wales said it was “extremely disappointed” after talks broke down on November 12. The company said it had “worked tirelessly to avoid this strike”.

Cheshire Live – Cheshire