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Five strikes by Unite and GMB union members are taking place across Cheshire on Arriva buses this month, starting today November 6.

As with previous walkouts over the last few weeks, the Chester depot should remain unaffected but there’ll be no East Cheshire services.

Its as talks between the firm and unions break down in a row over pay increases.

Customers with pre-booked tickets are being advised that Merseyrail, Northern and Stagecoach are accepting passengers.

However, the Arriva walkout on Wednesday November 8 coincides with a strike by RMT members on the railway.

Others are scheduled for 13th, 20th, 27th November and will last for 24 hours each time.

Phil Cummins, Regional Director told Dee News“At this moment in time, we’re not on the same page. In simple terms, every 1% costs us £700,000 so you can imagine 3.7% times that is probably two and a half million pounds extra cost to the business, having a significant impact on the business.”

Phil Stone, Regional Managing Director for Arriva North West, “It is extremely disappointing that, having tabled a third improved pay offer for our drivers in a meeting with our union colleagues today, UNITE and GMB remain intent on continuing to cause unnecessary disruption and inconvenience to our customers. Whilst our focus has been to reach an agreement, theirs is to come up with yet more strike dates.

“We have offered a fair deal for our drivers and one that supports the sustainability of the business.  We would urge the union, yet again, to strongly reconsider the improved offer put forward and call off the strike action.

“We would like to reassure customers that we will continue to do all we can to resolve the situation and wholeheartedly apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause. We want to also remind them to continue to check their routes before they travel.”

Customers are being advised to check websites and social media pages for any updates throughout the day for updated timetables on strike days.

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