THE TRANSPORT firm Arriva is due to face action by two groups of angry workers this week. Arriva bus workers in Northumberland are set to hold a further one-day strike over pay on Friday of this week. Arriva Trains Northern conductors are then due to strike the next day, Saturday 13 July, in their ongoing dispute over pay. Their action will affect services across the north of England.
The company reported a 9 percent rise in profits in March to £92 million. Yet it has only offered a 4 percent rise to 680 Arriva Trains workers who are members of the RMT union. Arriva has also offered just 3 percent to 520 bus workers, including drivers, engineering workers and cleaners.
They are members of the TGWU and RMT unions. They work in six depots running services across Newcastle and Northumberland. The workers are showing their determination to force the giant transport firm to give them a decent rise.
Send messages of support and donations for the Arriva Trains workers to RMT, Unity House, Chalton House, London NW1 and for the Arriva bus workers to Brian Anderson, TGWU, John Dobson Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8TW.