NET strike confirmed for Tuesday 23rd November despite continued talks

There will be more disruption for travellers on Nottingham Express Transit on Tuesday 23rd November after it was confirmed the planned strike by members of the GMB Union will be taking place, despite recent talks between the two sides which led to a revised pay offer.

In a statement posted on the Nottingham Express Transit website it has been confirmed that the latest pay offer is for a 11% increase over three years which would bring a tram driver’s salary to £28,685 by June next year. This 11% would be split: 3% for 2020 (backdated and paid immediately), £4% for 2021 (backdated to 1st June) and then a further 4% increase in June 2022. In addition to these increases a number of not mentioned employee benefits would also be enhanced.

NET have said in their statement: “Despite talks continuing this week, and a further improved offer which represents an 11 per cent pay increase for its members, we are disappointed that the union still intends to go ahead with planned strike action on Tuesday, November 23. Throughout the dispute, every effort has been made to reach a fair settlement that recognises the hard work of our colleagues whilst being realistic and sustainable in the current economic climate.

“While we will make every effort to ensure customers have access to alternative means of public transport, the GMB’s actions next week will cause significant inconvenience for the thousands of people who rely on the tram network every day and risk jeopardising the network’s recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. We still hope that the union and its members will reconsider their position, comply with the General Collective Bargaining Agreement that we have in place and avoid further disruption for the tram network, its customers and the people of Nottingham.”

Although no specific information has yet been released it is expected that no trams will run at all on Tuesday 23rd November and if the previous strike action earlier this month is anything to go by the service will start to be run down from the evening of Monday 22nd November.

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