Action suspended as Unite members vote on an improved offer from Go North East

Tim Lezard

Go North East busUnite members at Go North East bus company have suspended tomorrow’s planned industrial action while they vote on an improved pay offer.

Although the action has been called off, the threat of further action will not withdrawn until the ballot result is known later in the month.

Unite regional officer Fazia Hussain-Brown said: “Should this revised offer be rejected, then Unite will issue the company a further seven days notice of a series of dates for 24-hour stoppages for strike action. However, we are recommending acceptance of the new offer.

“Our members have shown solidarity and resilience in standing together in what has been an extremely difficult time.”

In 2012 Go North East made £7.2 million in profit and is on target to make £7.4 million in 2013. Go North East bus drivers earn £18,500 a year compared to Tyne and Wear Metro drivers who earn approximately £40,000.

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