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Unofficial walkout at Arriva, Liverpool

Issue No. 2101

Bus drivers working for Arriva in Liverpool staged an unofficial walkout on Friday of last week in protest at new rotas and working hours.

The strike, which had a huge impact on key routes in the city, started at about 6am when up to 70 drivers at the Speke depot walked out.

Their number swelled to around 150 by 9am. The action stopped at least 120 buses from taking to the roads.

The drivers are angry at changes to working hours and rotas on routes serving Liverpool One – the city’s new £1 billion shopping centre, due to open on 29 May. A driver from the Unite union said, “Management are imposing unsavoury rotas, unsociable working hours and too-long working hours.”

The drivers went back to work after discussions with union officials.

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Tue 13 May 2008, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2101
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