Bus services will stop for a week as drivers reject pay offer

Week-long strike action at Ulsterbus and Metro from next Tuesday (May 17), the Unite union has confirmed

By Claire Cartmill
Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 11:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 11:48 am
The bus strike will take from May 17 to 23

Bus drivers in both Ulsterbus and Metro bus have rejected the latest pay offer from management as inadequate in the face of spiralling living costs.

Following the result, Unite today gave notice to Translink of a first, one-week strike action from next Tuesday (May 17).

The strike is likely to shut down all bus transport services for the duration.

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General Secretary Sharon Graham of Unite expressed her support for the bus drivers’ fight for improved pay: “Unite bus drivers in Translink and Ulsterbus have increasing bills to pay like everyone else.

“The employers have to grasp that with inflation reaching levels unprecedented in a generation, these workers deserve pay that protects them from the living costs crisis and they have Unite’s full support as they take strike action.”

The strike action will involve members of both Unite the union and the GMB whose members also rejected the latest pay offer.

Unite deputy regional secretary Davy Thompson called on management to act ahead of the action to avoid unnecessary and disruptive strike action.

He added: “This action is likely to shut down all bus services across Northern Ireland and will be hugely disruptive to public transport. Translink management still has the opportunity in coming days to avert this outcome by returning to the table and making an improved offer that meet the needs of Unite’s members.”