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‘New dawn’ hope for employment relations, as Durham bus drivers accept revised pay offer

A new era in employment relations is possible at Arriva Durham County Ltd, following its 650 bus drivers voting in favour of a revised pay offer by a large margin.

Unite, Britain’s and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Friday 25 January) that the drivers, based at Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Stockton and Whitby, voted by a large majority in favour of the pay package which will run to March 2021.

Unite said that the 10 days of strike action by the drivers due to have started on Sunday (27 January) will now not go-ahead.

Unite regional officer Ray Sanderson said: “We can confirm that our members have voted to accept the revised pay offer. Our members will now be working normally, as the strike action has been called off.

“We would like to pay tribute to our members for the strong solidarity they have shown during the course of this dispute, which has helped enormously to reach the settlement we now have.

‘We look forward to a constructive dialogue with the management going forward for the benefit of the travelling public and our hardworking members. Hopefully, this will herald a new dawn in employment relations with the company.”

The new two year deal will see a reduction in the time, from five years to three, it takes Arriva Durham area drivers to reach a new top pay rate of £10.60 an hour.

In addition, there are hourly rate increases for drivers with fewer than three years’ service, with all increases being backdated to March 2018.

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Unite is Britain’s and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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