Further Go North East bus contract talks fail to reach agreement as strikes continue
Further talks have not resulted in an agreement between Go North East and workers' unions.
Talks between Unite and Go North East management took place on Tuesday, November 14 but the union claim a failure by Go North East to increase its pay offer ultimately meant that the talks ended without any resolution.
Bus strikes across the Go North East network will continue indefinitely.
Unite has claimed it is prepared to return to talks at any stage "but this requires good faith from both parties".
On Monday Go North East announced plans to create a skeleton service across the region. These will be run by office workers with a full bus licence and drivers who are not striking.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Go North East’s utter unwillingness to improve its pay offer in the slightest shows its blatant disregard for the wellbeing of its workers and the communities they serve.
“Go North East could end the strikes with a stroke of a pen by utilising the merest fraction of its profits but it is choosing not to do so.”
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Unite regional coordinating officer Suzanne Reid added: “Unite remains open and willing to enter into negotiations at any time to bring this dispute to an end.”
Strikes began on Saturday, October 28 following two week-long strikes in the weeks prior. There is no set end date for when workers will return to their vehicles.
Last week union bosses claimed workers will not back down until they win an improved pay deal after union members overwhelmingly rejected a 10.3% pay rise offer at the end of October.