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Arriva bus drivers in Harlow set to strike over pay

Business / Wed 17th Aug 2022 am31 10:49am

AROUND 800 bus workers at German-owned giant to strike over ‘pay cut presented as rise’

Staff voted to strike after Arriva, whose UK bus division has paid a total of £560 million to parent company Deutsche Bahn during the last ten years, offered a 7.8 per cent pay increase.

This is a substantial pay cut with the real inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 12.3 per cent. The bus drivers earn as little as £12.12 an hour.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Offering a pay cut presented as a rise is completely unacceptable. Arriva can well afford to return with a better deal and needs to do so. Unite will not stand for employers, such as Arriva and Deutsche Bahn, driving down our members’ jobs, pay and conditions so they can keep raking in profits during a cost-of-living crisis.”

The striking drivers are based at depots in Colchester, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea in Essex and in Gillingham, Maidstone, Gravesend and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Dates for the strikes have not yet been set.

Deutsche Bahn is one of the largest transport companies in the world and is effectively owned by the German government.

Even though Deutsche Bahn is extremely profitable, paying dividends of £5 billion to the German government over the last decade, notices have gone up in the workers’ depots claiming Arriva is running at a loss.

Unite regional officer Janet Nobbs said: “Our members aren’t fooled by Arriva’s claims that it has no money. It has paid nearly a half a billion pounds from the UK to Deutsche Bahn over the last decade. Arriva’s workers are increasingly struggling with rising prices – why should they suffer when Deutsche Bahn’s coffers are overflowing? Arriva needs to put forward an offer our members can accept.”

Unite is currently involved in a continuous all out strike of Arriva members in the North West. The union’s Arriva members in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire have also voted for strike action, while an industrial action ballot of Arriva workers in North London closes on 26 August.

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12 Comments for Arriva bus drivers in Harlow set to strike over pay:

Theman
2022-08-17 11:41:51

Maybe the train drivers could give some of their money to the bus drivers(ha ha). £12/hr is pathetic for a responsible job like driving a bus. Like I have said before, it’s a funny old world when train drivers are payed more than pilots and bus drivers don’t get much more than the living wage. It makes you wonder if we really are the 6th richest nation if we can’t afford to pay decent wages/ pay for fuel/ pay for food etc. where is all the money and why are we not spending it on the important things instead of the unimportant things. Unless of course we are being shafted

David Forman
2022-08-17 14:08:55

I believe we are being shafted. Time to make a stand.

David
2022-08-17 14:24:31

Water companies owned by French, Bus companies owned by German companies, All the profits going abroad. Let this be a lesson for future governments. Sell off your assets for a quick buck, Reap what you so. Gas, Electric, also on the list. We are not in control of our own Country. Europe has got us by the short and curlies.

Sargul
2022-08-17 15:09:02

12.12 a hour I wish try 9.50 as a trainee and 10.31 for new driver! I’d be happy with 12.12 right now haha

Anonymous
2022-08-17 15:47:22

I’m on my feet all day an don’t stop for 950 I wouldn’t mind 12.12

Anonymous
2022-08-17 17:26:59

Some people need to feel lucky they have a job. Some sectors are only offer 1.5% Pay rise. I would love 7%.

Unhappy
2022-08-17 18:00:11

When your kids .elderly parents.and loved ones.get in a bus.would you rather it be driven by someone who doesn't feel that they are being taken for mugs. Or someone who is resentful.fed up.and looking for employment elsewhere because they don't feel valued by their employer..its not funny anymore

Pat
2022-08-17 18:40:05

Fill sorry for drivers in the cab in the heat just doing a job getting me to work and shopping

Mr Grumpy
2022-08-17 19:13:12

Bus drivers have to go through training, medicals and exams. They have to prove every 5 years that they are still competent to drive a passenger service vehicle. They also have great responsibility for passenger safety whilst trying to keep to strict timetables not to mention the abuse they have to put up with. Like nurses, they play an important role in society but get paid a pittance. Give them a decent wage I say.

Nostradamus
2022-08-18 07:59:13

A country caught pants down by Covid, Boris the unread at the helm. Water, energy, transport companies here all foreign owned with massive profits going out of the uk. Manufacturing tec engineering jobs shipped abroad to other countries like China and governments complain that British workers are unproductive and low skilled when not investing to bring uk education into the 21st century and investors encouraged to invest abroad or the housing market. NHS subject to privatisation by stealth, policies of Thatcher and Blair, over stretched under resourced and under paid. Brexite not delivering £350 million or billion a week and the country in recession whilst the PM and Parliament are on holiday and the party in government waits, frozen, whilst two candidates ineffectively around in an election in which the majority of population has no say. Energy and water industries in crisis because of a historic failure of government to plan ahead going back 60 yreas. Basil and Sybil made a better job of running Fawlty Towers. You couldn't make it up. Incompetent.

David
2022-08-18 22:06:50

Bus drivers are extremely underpaid for the job they do, the responsibility we have is huge, it’s not just driving a bus, train drivers get paid a lot more and with respect all they do is sit in a closed cab and push buttons or levers, they don’t have to deal with other traffic or passengers…

Karen psiris
2022-10-17 17:01:55

Hi could you tell me please if buses will run from Harlow to chelmsford (59) on 24th October and 28 th October please

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