Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Passengers Hit by Bus Strike

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Passengers Hit by Bus Strike

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Byline: By Linda Richards

Bus drivers in the region today began another 24-hour strike over pay.

Arriva services across County Durham and Teesside are affected by the walk-out by 800 drivers.

Services in Northumberland and Tyneside are not affected.

It's the third one-day stoppage by members of the TGWU union and more are planned in a row over pay equality with drivers in other parts of the region.

Drivers in Tyneside and Northumberland have agreed a pay rate of pounds 8 an hour, while their counterparts in the south of the region get an hourly rate of just pounds 7.

Arriva has offered an immediate pounds 7.50 increase, with full parity in October 2007. However, despite twice agreeing deals with union negotiators, the offers have been rejected by members.

Arriva North East operations director Iain McInroy said: "We are very sorry that our customers are being disrupted yet again.

"There are differences in pay due to historical reasons, and we're working towards pay parity as quickly as we can. …

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