Bus strike suspended to allow drivers vote on new Translink pay offer

A planned week-long bus strike has been suspended after Translink came forward with a new pay offer.

The GMB union, which had balloted for the week-long strike alongside Unite, said it was suspending the industrial action until workers have voted on the new offer as a gesture of goodwill.

The Translink bus strike, due to start tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, has been suspended after last ditch talks.

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Drivers, cleaners and shunters across the north had been due to walk out for seven days in a mass strike.

A bus drivers' strike has been suspended.
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But Translink today made a revised pay deal and as a result industrial action has been suspended while GMB and Unite members vote on the offer.

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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.

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“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.”