Trade union Unite says Arriva bus drivers are NOT striking on Merseyside Derby day – and has slammed Arriva for spreading “false news” that the strike had been rescheduled.

Arriva North West tweeted twice today that a strike originally scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, had been moved to Sunday, December 10 – the day Everton take on Liverpool at Anfield .

But Unite, whose members are striking alongside GMB members at Arriva depots across Merseyside, have now denied that action has been moved.

Arriva bus drivers continue their seventh day for strike action over pay dispute outside the depot in Hawthorne Road, Bootle.

In a statement, the union said: “Arriva is trying to turn the public against striking bus drivers by spreading ‘false news’ on social media today.”

And Unite regional officer Neil Clarke said: “It is clear that the company is deliberately trying to turn the public against striking bus drivers.

“Our members are definitely not striking on 10 December.

“It would not be legally possible to strike on 10 December as under new trade union laws you have to give 14 days’ notice of strike action to the company.”

Arriva North West tweeted twice to say that drivers had moved their strike to December 10, Merseyside derby day – but union Unite now says the strike has NOT been moved. This was sent at 11.38am

A still from the Arriva webpage at 5.18pm on Monday, November 27, showing a strike…

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