UP TO 600 workers at Arriva buses in Northumberland staged a 24-hour strike last Friday. The strike follows an 84 percent vote in favour of industrial action in a postal ballot.
The Arriva workers are rejecting a pay offer of around 3 percent. They have been offered holiday entitlement as a bribe for accepting the offer, but the tactic has not worked. 'The strength of feeling is enormous,' says Jesmond depot TGWU branch chair Chris Hammond.
'They are prepared to turn down £1,000 to go on strike.' The company claims there is no money, but in March Arriva boss Bob Davis got a £200,000 bonus. Further stoppages are planned for 12 and 19 July.
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