17/05/2022

'Last Ditch Talks' Avoid Translink Bus Strike

Strike action by Ulsterbus and Metro workers due to begin today, 17 May, has been suspended after "last ditch talks".

Translink drivers, cleaners and shunters had been due to begin a week long strike from today until 23 May, effectively shutting down NI's entire bus network.

It is understood that a last minute new pay offer was issued and the unions, Unite and GMB, announced a suspended of the strike action.

A Translink spokesperson said: "Following a meeting with the Union officials today, we have structured a revised offer that acknowledges their concerns over increasing inflation and the cost of living while also supporting wider business needs.
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"We welcome this constructive engagement with our unions.

"Preventing this industrial action has been of the utmost priority for the company. We are pleased to have found a way forward that will enable us to build back public transport for a more sustainable and better future for all."

Peter Macklin, GMB Regional Organiser, said: "After last ditch talks, Translink workers now have a revised pay offer.

"As a gesture of goodwill, industrial action has been suspended until workers have voted on the new offer.

"If they accept it, the strikes would be cancelled completely.

"But if they turn it down, GMB will meet with members immediately to discuss new strike dates."


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