MESSAGE SENT ON BEHALF OF HOWARD FARRALL, AREA MANAGING DIRECTOR, MERSEYSIDE
Dear Ms Owen
As you’ll no doubt be aware, GMB and Unite members within Arriva North West have so far voted for seven days of industrial action, with further action scheduled for 4, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. The Arriva bus depots affected are Birkenhead, Bootle, Green Lane (Stoneycroft), Southport, Runcorn, St Helens, and Speke.
Arriva North West have proposed a fair and competitive pay rise to staff – 2.6% rising to 3% for the six garages in Liverpool City Region. The offer follows years of consecutive pay rises above inflation at a time of significant pay restraint across other industries in the region. To put this into context, we have increased pay for our drivers by 10.2% over four years. This latest pay offer will mean an average driver will earn an additional £756 per annum.
We care about our staff and their working conditions, which is why we provide the best terms and conditions of any bus company in the North West region, including a final salary pension, 34 days holiday (Including Bank Holidays), a company sick pay scheme, free bus travel for drivers and their families, fully funded driver training and enhanced rates for weekend working alongside other benefits.
Arriva North West is committed to a long-term investment programme in the North West, both in terms of investing in its staff and in the services for our passengers. Over the last five years, we have invested £66m in our fleet, including £5m to introduce a fleet of electric buses from our Green Lane depot. This, and other measures, is helping to drive patronage in the Liverpool City Region.
An extended strike in the run up to Christmas will have a serious impact on people’s lives and the local economy. We believe that it is now time for proper mediated talks with the unions to break the deadlock so our staff and passengers can get back to normal before Christmas.
Should you wish to discuss the matter further, I would be more than happy to either meet with you or to discuss on the phone, but please be advised that we are doing everything we can to resolve the dispute.
Area Managing Director
0151 955 3286