Arriva Yorkshire bus drivers union announce ‘indefinite’ strike action from Monday

UPDATE 3/6/22 Those holding Arriva tickets and passes will be able to use them for travel with Team Pennine during the strike action.

Arriva Yorkshire has been informed that its Unite members are expected to strike from 02:00am on Monday 6th June for ‘an undisclosed period of time’.

Passengers across areas of Huddersfield including Kirkheaton, Lepton, Grange Moor and Leeds Road will be affected by the strike action.

The strike action has been announced after a long battle of pay. Union Unite say that the 4.1% pay increase put forward by the company was ‘pitiful’ and ‘far below the real inflation rate”.

According to the Arriva Yorkshire website, during this industrial action ‘there will be no planned Arriva bus services operating within the Yorkshire region‘.

The industrial action means that certain areas of Huddersfield will be left without a bus service. Arriva operates the 231 and 232 services that run via Lepton and Grange Moor.

Arriva also operates the majority of the buses along the Leeds Road corridor between Mirfield and Huddersfield including the 202, 203, 228 and 229. It also operates the 261 service that runs via Dalton, Kirkheaton and Mirfield.

Talk2HT: Will you be affected by the upcoming Industrial Strike Action? Let us know in the comments below.

Rival operators First West Yorkshire and Team Pennine (Transdev) will accept Arriva pre-paid tickets for areas which it covers such as First’s 200 service along Leeds Road and Team Pennine’s 262KirkheatonQuick bus.

However, with the Industrial Action being billed as ‘Indefinite’, residents living along Arriva operated routes are already concerned about the impact of this strike action.

NB: In the interests of fairness, we have included quotes from both Unite and Arriva Bus UK.

“Arriva is part of a multi-billion company. It has no business demanding that workers get by on pitiful low pay so that its boardroom can get ever-richer. Arriva can easily afford to pay decently – it should do just that, or face industrial action.

“Unite’s members, like all workers, are being pummelled by the cost of living crisis – they cannot and will not accept a real terms pay cut. Unite will be giving our members its full and total support until this dispute is resolved.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham

We are extremely disappointed that Unite are pressing ahead with strike action for an
indefinite period across services in Yorkshire.

There is simply no justification for this action which will seriously inconvenience
communities across Yorkshire, including students travelling for their GCSE exams.

Arriva put forward a generous pay offer before the strike was called, yet the Union
refused to put this offer to their own membership and are instead choosing to strike.

Arriva offered a substantially improved pay offer which Unite are
refusing to ballot their members on. This isn’t fair to our employees and communities
across Yorkshire who want this issue resolved. The strike should be immediately
suspended while Unite’s members vote on the fair and generous offer

Unite the Union should immediately end this harmful strike and now put Arriva’s pay
offer to their members in a ballot.

Spokesperson for Arriva UK Bus

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