Five-week strike suspended on Arriva Cymru bus services

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A five-week strike has been suspended in Arriva Cymru bus services.

Arriva Cymru bus drivers began five weeks of wage action on Sunday (14 November) after last talks broke down on Friday evening (12 November).

The action ended all but a handful of services in North Wales and Chester, causing problems for many travellers.

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However, according to the Unite union, the strike has now been called off after officials said Arriva presented a “new and improved” wage offer.

Unite Wales revealed the news via their social media page last night (November 18).

A statement said: “Following discussions with Arriva Bus Wales today, the company has now presented a new and improved salary offer.

“We will therefore suspend strikes in North Wales and vote our members on the new offer.”

Meanwhile, Arriva Buses Wales have also taken to social media to announce that services in North Wales and Chester will return from today (19 November).

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A statement read: “Arriva Bus Services will resume in North Wales and Chester from tomorrow Arriva can confirm that buses will resume in North Wales and Chester from tomorrow morning.

“The announcement comes after further discussions with Unite this week led to a suspension of the strike.”

Arriva Buses Wales said she was “extremely disappointed” after talks broke down on November 12. The company said it had “worked tirelessly to avoid this strike”.

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