Yesterday inflation hit 3%, so this Arriva pay offer means a real terms pay cut for members.
GMB members working for Arriva will walk out tomorrow [October 19 2017] in the first of three strikes following a pay dispute.
Workers at eleven Arriva depots in Merseyside [see note 1 for full list of depots involved] will take full day industrial action on October 19, 23 and 30.
The company, which made a profit of £25million last year, offered GMB members a pay rise of just 31 pence an hour. 
This offer was rejected after a ballot by the Joint Trade Union Representatives Forum.
Payments to Arriva’s highest paid director totalled £4.4 million last year.
Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said:
“GMB’s hard working Arriva members just want a fair deal – like everybody else.
“The final pay off made by the company represents an increase between 1.6% and 2.6%.
“Yesterday inflation hit 3%, so this is in effect a real terms pay cut for members.
“No one wants to go on strike and our members are taking industrial action as a last resort.
“With eleven sites affected across Merseyside commuters should be aware of potential traffic chaos.”
Contact: Eddie Parker on 07740804046 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
 Affected Arriva sites:
 Arriva PLC’s full accounts ending 31/12/2016:
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