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Warrington Bus strike looks set to start on Friday after meeting stalemate
2:17pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
BUS services could grind to a halt across the borough on Friday after Network Warrington staff voted to walk out on strike.
Drivers and backroom staff have voted in favour of a series of 24 hour stoppages which is set to start from midnight tonight, Thursday.
Unite union members propose to take a week’s worth of action, taking one day off a week over the next seven weeks.
The measure comes after staff were told there would be no pay rise this year.
But Network Warrington bosses say staff have received pay rises for the past 16 years.
Crunch talks between the board and staff on Tuesday evening ended in a stalemate.
Unite officer Phil Allman said: “They went through their financial report and explained why they could not afford a pay rise. It was part of a plan to get them back into profit. But they gave a pay rise last year even when they were in the red.
“The company said they wanted to carry on talking but we said there is no point in talking unless there is an offer on the table.
“Striking is not something the work force want to do.”
A spokesman for the company said: “The management of Network Warrington is extremely disappointed at the stance the staff are taking and wish to resolve this dispute.
“The company’s contracted services for Lymm Academy and Cardinal Newman High School will operate on Friday.
“In addition contracted services for O2, Birchwood Park, Olympic Park and United Utilities will also operate on Friday.
“No other Network Warrington bus services will operate on that day.”
Network Warrington say there will be updates regularly on any service cancellations and urges people to check the website before travelling.
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