Bus drivers close to deal which would finish Network Warrington strike action (From Warrington Guardian)
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Bus drivers close to deal which would finish Network Warrington strike action
8:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
STAFF at Network Warrington turned up to work yesterday after another day of strike action was postponed.
They were due to carry on their industrial action with a sixth day of action yesterday, Wednesday, before they announced the suspension.
The move came after Unite officials and the bus company’s management team met at conciliatory body Acas on Monday.
Staff have now been offered an extra £200, the Guardian understands.
A Network Warrington spokesman said: “Following protracted negotiation held between the management of Network Warrington and members of Unite the union, we are pleased to announce that industrial action for Wednesday has been suspended.”
And in a statement read out at a full council hearing on Monday Network Warrington chairman Maureen Banner said the halt to strike action came after the company put an improved offer on the table.
Last week the Warrington Guardian reported how previous talks had seen the bus company offer drivers a £100 bonus payment to be paid in December and one extra day’s holiday if staff have a 100 per cent attendance record.
Maureen Banner added: “I would like to place on record thanks to everyone who has been involved in this dispute.”
Unite members staged their first walk out on September 13 in the row over pay.
Staff were not offered a pay rise for the first time in 16 years and decided to take industrial action.
It has since seen them take part in a series of one day strikes every week and the final strike in the series was set to take place next Thursday.
The new offer will be discussed at a Unite union meeting on Monday but some drivers have voiced their disappointment that the strike had been postponed before they had a chance to discuss the new offer.
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