West Midlands buses back to normal after a week of strike action

Buses across the West Midlands have returned to normal after indefinite strikes impacted more than 90% of journey's across the region last week.

Drivers voted to accept National Express West Midlands' offer after a ballot held on Saturday. The deal includes a one-year 16.2 per cent pay increase, improvements to the drivers’ accident pay, hourly rates for working over the Christmas holidays and also new terms and conditions which had been a key sticking point in the dispute. A spokesperson for National Express West Midlands said:

“We are pleased that the drivers have voted in favour of accepting the offer. “We apologise to our customers and the communities we serve for the significant disruption and inconvenience this has caused over the last few weeks.

"We are pleased to be able to put this behind us and focus on delivering a bus service that customers can rely on.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham added: “This is an important win for Unite members.

"By standing together our members at National Express secured an above inflation pay offer. Unite will leave no stone unturned to defend workers' pay.

"This is yet another example of how Unite’s relentless focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions results in real 'money in the pockets' of our members.”

People who has tickets during the week of strike action are able to apply for a refund through the National Express West Midlands website.


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