Arriva staff strike set to hit Hertfordshire bus routes

A strike at Hertfordshire bus depots is set to take place after bosses and unions at Arriva failed to reach a pay deal.

Around 900 Arriva workers are expected to strike at depots in Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Ware, Aylesbury, Harlow, High Wycombe, Luton and Milton Keynes.

The strike, organized by Unite the union, is due to take place on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September.

Industrial action was first proposed on August 23. An Arriva spokesperson announced yesterday (Thursday September 1) that it was “disappointed” to confirm the walkout was continuing in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

They said: “Despite further negotiations with our union partners today, we are extremely disappointed to have all of our customers confirm that industrial action will take place across the region on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September.

“Arriva remains committed to resolving the industrial action and continues to encourage Unite to vote on this latest wage offer.

“We will continue to keep our customers and stakeholders informed.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause throughout the region, especially as our schools return for a new school year.”

Unite union members are demanding a pay rise amid double-digit inflation.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, retail price index inflation – the rise in the cost of a sample of goods and services – hit 12.3% in July.

The union says Arriva has offered staff pay rises of between 4% and 6%, below the 12.3% figure.

A Unite spokesperson said Arriva could afford to raise workers’ wages because the company had paid £560 million to its parent company Deutsche Bahn since 2012.

They also claimed Deutsche Bahn had paid £5billion in dividends to its owner – the German government – ​​over the past decade.

Deutsche Bahn, which is owned by the German government, is the parent company of Arriva
– Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

Sharon Graham, General Secretary of Unite, said: “Arriva and Deutsche Bahn have channeled the money earned by these workers out of the country for years.

“It’s quite clear that they can afford to pay a decent raise.

“Instead, and during the worst cost of living crisis in decades, they are asking them to take a pay cut in real terms.

“Unite will not accept attacks on our members’ jobs, wages and conditions and the Arriva workforce will receive Unite’s full support until Arriva returns with an acceptable offer. ”




Arriva's routes via St Albans can be disrupted on strike days (file photo)


Arriva’s routes via St Albans can be disrupted on strike days (file photo)
– Credit: Will Durrant




Arriva buses at Stevenage Interchange are expected to be disrupted on Monday September 5 and Tuesday September 6


Arriva buses at Stevenage Interchange are expected to be disrupted on Monday September 5 and Tuesday September 6
– Credit: Will Durrant

Arriva operates several dozen bus routes in Hertfordshire.

Among them are routes: 18 and 331 between Hertford and Royston; 100 and 101 between Stevenage, Hitchin and Luton; 301 and 302 between Stevenage, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead; 378, 379 and 390 between Stevenage Hertford and Ware; Green Line 724 between Harlow and London Heathrow Airport, via Hertford, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, St Albans and Watford.

The company has confirmed that only a limited service will operate on strike days, which includes discontinuing the ArrivaClick service to Watford.




ArrivaClick services in Hertfordshire could be interrupted during the strike period, the company has warned


ArrivaClick services in Hertfordshire could be interrupted during the strike period, the company has warned
– Credit: Arriva

A webpage detailing the Strike Day disruptions has been created on the Arriva Buses website: http://arrivabus.co.uk/theshires0922

As well as the Hertfordshire region, around 800 drivers in the Essex and Kent region of Arriva are expected to go on strike for two days this month.

The Kent and Essex strikes are due to take place on Monday September 5 and Friday September 16.

Strikes in the transport sector are also expected to hit the railways in September.

A strike by the Aslef union is expected to affect 12 companies on Thursday 15 September.

A Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association strike affecting five companies and Network Rail is scheduled for 26-27 September.

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