ARRIVA STRIKE SET TO CONTINUE AFTER COMPANY MAKES ‘INSULTING’ 1P PAY OFFER
Management have shown utter contempt to workers who are fighting to stop their pay being eroded by the impact of inflation – which this week hit 4%.
The Arriva bus strikes look set to continue after the company made staff an ‘insulting’ final pay offer of just 1p per hour higher than the previous one.
A joint negotiating committee from GMB and Unite met with Arriva today in a bid to resolve the dispute which has caused traffic and commuter chaos across the North West.
In addition to the feeble pay offer, Arriva attached conditions which are completely unacceptable to the unions.
Both unions will ballot their members next week on the new offer, with a strong recommendation to reject.
If the offer is rejected, nine further days of strike action will go ahead. 
Arriva made a profit of £25million last year and payments to the highest paid director totalled £4.4 million. 
Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said:
“This below inflation offer is an insult to GMB’s Arriva members, to the people in the areas where Arriva operates and to the businesses and commuters who will be affected by further strike action.
“Management has shown utter contempt to workers who are fighting to stop their pay being eroded by the impact of inflation – which this week hit 4%. 
“The company has made a cynical decision to put more profit before the needs of the communities they serve.
“GMB and Unite believe the joint pay claim is affordable given the high profitability of Arriva North West.
“To put that into context the highest paid director in Arriva North West has more money out into his pension each year than the average annual pay of a bus worker in the region.
“The unions will be balloting their members next week on this offer with a strong recommendation to reject.
“The current published strike days will go ahead as planned.” 
Contact: Eddie Parker on 07740804046 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
 Affected Arriva sites:
 Dates for proposed strike action:
Monday 4th and Thursday 7th December 2017
Tuesday the 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December 2017
Wednesday 20th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd December 2017
 Arriva PLC’s full accounts ending 31/12/2016:
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