Bus drivers will NOT now be striking on Merseyside Derby day – and Arriva has blamed trade unions for confusion over whether or not the strike was moving.

Arriva yesterday announced that a drivers’ strike planned for Wednesday December 13 – one of NINE strike days planned for December – was being moved to Sunday, December 10 .

That day is when Liverpool play Everton at Goodison.

Within hours, trade union Unite issued a statement insisting the strike was NOT being moved to Derby Day and slamming Arriva for spreading ‘false news’.

But Arriva said the GMB, the other union involved in the dispute, DID ask to move the strike.

Arriva North West tweeted twice to say that drivers had moved their strike to December 10, Merseyside derby day

The GMB has confirmed that it did talk about moving the strike, but says it has now decided not to. So Arriva buses will run as normal on Derby day, with three days of strike action in the following week.

Arriva yesterday tweeted that “Unions have re-arranged the planned strike day for the 13th December to the 10th December (Merseyside & Manchester Derby Day).”

Today Phil Stone, regional managing director at Arriva North West, said: “On the 24th November, Arriva received a letter from the GMB confirming bus drivers would be on strike on the 10th December which coincides with the Liverpool and Manchester derbies. In addition to this, we were also informed that the original strike date on the 13th December had…

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