Bus staff strike set to disrupt Lancashire passengers suspended as GMB members vote on new pay offer

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A strike by bus workers has been suspended while union members vote on a new pay offer.

The GMB said the proposed deal was worth an increase of 11.1% for its members at Arriva North West.

GMB organiser George Patterson said: “After weeks of unnecessary industrial action, Arriva bosses have finally come back with an offer that meets GMB members expectations.

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Industrial action will now be suspended while members vote on this new deal.

“If they accept, the strike will be officially over.”

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A company spokesperson said: “Arriva North West is able to confirm that following ongoing discussions in recent weeks, all parties have come to an agreement on an unprecedented pay deal for Arriva North West drivers.

“Following a meeting today, in which the agreement was reached, unions will now take this recommended offer to our colleagues.

A strike by bus workers has been suspendedA strike by bus workers has been suspended
A strike by bus workers has been suspended

“Furthermore, it has also been agreed that industrial action across Cheshire, Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside will be suspended from 3am on Thursday August 18 and all parties will now work together to progress the pay offer.”