Plans for further Arriva strike action

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After a week-long strike by Arriva Durham County drivers commencing on Sunday 6 January 2019 and ending 12 January 2019, Arriva has confirmed that new talks are to be held with Unite Union, to discuss a potential additional strike later this month. The talks will be held on Thursday 17 January.

This additional strike will reportedly last a further 10 days commencing Sunday 27 January.

Speaking about the strike, Unite’s Bob Bolam said: “We are due to hold talks with the Arriva management on Thursday (17 January) in a bid to settle this dispute.

“We will be entering into these talks in a constructive and positive frame of mind. We won’t be commenting further until those negotiations have concluded.

“However, I would like to say we have had excellent solidarity from our members during last week’s strike and they were especially heartened by the support shown by their local communities.”

If further strike action goes ahead Arriva bus services across North Yorkshire, Cleveland, Teesside and Durham areas will be seriously affected.

Nick Knox, Arriva’s Area Managing Director, said: “We’re very concerned about the inconvenience that it causes to our customers and the long-term damage that it can do to the bus services.

We will be doing our best to try to avert a further round of damaging strike action.”