Hundreds of bus drivers and engineers are on strike for the second day, leaving Bradford and West Yorkshire without access to any Arriva services.

Members of Unite employed by Arriva staged an indefinite walkout from 2am on Monday, June 6, affecting services for an undisclosed period of time. 

The Arriva strike is due to an ongoing dispute over what the union calls "pitifully low pay".

Unite said its 650 members voted overwhelmingly against a reported 4.1 per cent pay increase, describing it as far below the RPI inflation rate, which is now in double figures.

Which Arriva buses are running during the strike today?

No Arriva buses are operating today in West Yorkshire - leaving Bradford district without access to the following services:

  • 268 Bradford to Wakefield
  • 281/283 Birstall Retail Park or Bradford to Dewsbury
  • 425/425A/427 Bradford to Wakefield

All Arriva pre-paid tickets will be accepted on First BusTransdev buses.

Metro Travel News said: "TODAY - NO @arrivayorkshire bus services are operating in #WestYorkshire due to industrial action."

How long are the Arriva bus strikes going to last?

Workers have held an indefinite walkout since 2am on Monday, June 6. It is not known how long the strike will last. 

Arriva bus strikes latest 

Unite's general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Arriva is part of a multi-billion company. It has no business demanding that workers get by on pitifully low pay so that its boardroom can get ever-richer. Arriva can easily afford to pay decently – it should do just that, or face industrial action."

Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “Strike action will inevitably cause significant disruption and delays for the Yorkshire travelling public, but this dispute is entirely of Arriva’s own making.

“Our members are already suffering from poverty pay and the company is trying to make the situation even worse.”

Responding in a statement, Arriva's Gavin Peace said the suggestion that the strike follows a 4.1 per cent pay offer is "incorrect".

Mr Peace, area operations director for Arriva North East and Yorkshire, said: “This is incorrect. Arriva offered a substantially improved pay offer, which Unite are refusing to ballot their members on. This isn’t fair to our employees and communities across Yorkshire who want this issue resolved. The strike should be immediately suspended while Unite’s members vote on the fair and generous offer.”