National Express West Midlands drivers voting on ending strike

national express west midlands strike

National Express West Midlands bus drivers are voting today and tomorrow on whether to accept an improved pay offer, a move which would end a strike ongoing since Monday.

The offer of a 16.2% increase on driver rates is up from the 14.3% which was rejected by Unite union members last weekend.

Results of the ballot of more than 3100 drivers will be known tomorrow and National Express says a positive result would mean a reduced service on Sunday followed by normal service on Monday.

The operator says just 12 services will be running today as the industrial action reaches a fifth day.

The new offer would mean an experienced driver salary of more than £33,000 and formalises existing interim overtime rates, increasing Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day pay and accident pay.

A National Express West Midlands spokesperson says: “We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Unite that is going to be fully recommended to its members and will be balloted on Friday and Saturday.

“This is a very fair and decent offer – among the best pay rises of any sector, anywhere in the country. We encourage all our drivers to accept the offer and get the West Midlands moving again.”