Mayor of West Yorkshire responds as Unite reject Arriva offer and strike resumes

Mayor expresses frustration and calls on ACAS to mediate as bus strike resumes in parts of the region

13 July 2022

Tracy Brabin has responded after news that bus strikes will resume today (Wednesday 13 July 2022) in parts of the region

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire said:

“Like others, I found out about the resumption of the strike on social media just before 6pm last night. To inform passengers at this late hour is incredibly disappointing and leaves people unable to make alternative plans.

“I am particularly concerned about passengers arriving at a bus stop only to find out they have no means of transport, other than walking or getting a taxi.

“Communities across West Yorkshire need an urgent resolution to this dispute. With the potential for strike action to continue indefinitely, it seems sensible to invite ACAS in to help broker an agreement between Arriva and Unite for the benefit of bus users.

“I share the frustrations of those who will find getting to school or work difficult in the coming days. My powers to intervene in this dispute remain limited, as unlike London, services here are controlled by private operators. However, the free bus service I introduced between Wakefield and Pinderfields hospital will continue ensuring people can keep vital hospital appointments.”