Strikes to take place on NET this Saturday

Article updated following publication on 4th November 2021.

It has been confirmed that members of the GMB Union have rejected the latest pay offer from Nottingham Express Transit with a planned strike no due to take place on Saturday 6th November. If this strike goes ahead it will have a major impact on tram services on NET throughout the day.

It appears that the latest offer put to union members was 3% for last year and a further 3% for this year (or the RPI if this is higher) with 2020’s pay due to be backdated and paid immediately. However, the most recent ballot has rejected this offer with drivers now set to walk out for a 24 hour strike on Saturday 6th November.

A spokesperson from the GMB said: “Nottingham’s tram workers are the life blood of the city, keeping businesses, families and working people moving. It’s time they got the reward and recognition they deserve from company top brass.

“This strike and disruption to service was totally avoidable, had NTL management brought an offer to the table that respected these key workers and kept up with pay on similar services, such as Manchester’s tram network. That just hasn’t happened.

“Public support from Nottingham residents has been overwhelming and we would like to put on record out thanks to them on behalf of our members”.

In response a spokesman from NET said: “Our employees have worked extremely hard throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, providing a vital service for those who still needed to travel while restrictions remained in place. Our focus must now be on recovery, ensuring the tram remains a sustainable and affordable form of public transport.

“In light of these challenges, we have tabled a series of fair pay offers. While we are disappointed this latest offer has been rejected by GMB members, and the union has advised that they intend to strike on 6th November if no improved offer is made, we will continue to engage with them to work towards an agreement that prevents industrial action and the resulting impact on services for our customers.”

Update: It has been confirmed that no services will run on Nottingham Express Transit from late evening on Friday 5th November and throughout Saturday 6th November. All passengers are urged to complete their journeys by 2200 on Friday evening . Ticket acceptance has been arranged with Trent Barton’s Rainbow One, Threes and Indigo buses as well as NCT services from 2130 on Friday 5th November. A normal service will resume from 0600 on Sunday 7th November.

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