Go North East shaping the future of skilled workers
Go North East, the region's largest transport provider, is set to grow the number of apprentices employed within the company as the bus network continues to expand.
Britain's biggest-ever bus driver recruitment campaign expands to the North East as region's bus network continues to grow
Go North East, a part of The Go-Ahead Group, has expanded Britain’s biggest-ever recruitment campaign for bus drivers to cover the North East in preparation for further growth in the region’s public transport network.
The company plans to hire up to 200 drivers through its newly created Elite Bus Driver Academy. The successful applicants will operate routes in Gateshead, Durham and Tyne and Wea
Sunderland to Durham bus route set for major upgrade with faster express journeys introduced
From Sunday 28 January 2024, Go North East is making a major upgrade to its Sunderland to Durham bus routes which serve East Herrington, Houghton-le-Spring, and Carrville.
Go North East will introduce a new express route, numbered X20, offering an increase of 50% in the number of buses per hour, and with journey times up to 17% faster than the current routes.
The X20 service, which will be a
Welcome back: free travel on Go North East buses for seven days
Go North East is pleased to announce that travel will be free on all its buses for seven days, beginning on Saturday December 2nd.
In a special promotion dubbed ‘This week’s on us’, customers will be able to hop on a bus and enjoy unlimited travel at no charge throughout the network which stretches across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into the Tees Valley.
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Independent poll shows plunging support for bus drivers striking over 10.3% pay offer
73% of the public believe the pay offer made to Unite drivers is fair
Only 30% of people support the strike
63% sympathise most with the public impacted by the 12-week strike
Only 8% of people say they sympathise most with the driver
50% Blame Unite, 32% Blame GNE, 18% Don’t Know
The travelling public overwhelmingly oppose a 12-week strike by Go North East bus drivers and hold Unite responsi
Go North East bosses dismayed as Unite ‘talks walkout’ creates misery for passengers
Talks held today, brokered by the reconciliation service ACAS, aimed at resolving the Go North East driver pay dispute that has been ongoing for weeks ended in huge disappointment as Unite staged a walkout after four hours.
Unite demanded pay rises every six months in return for calling off their strike before refusing to continue talks. The stunt dashes hopes that unions were willing to reach
Go North East maintains vital services as Unite lobby members to observe 12 week strike
Despite the challenges posed by a Unite strike involving drivers, Go North East is working closely with local authorities and transport bodies to ensure children can get to school and nurses can get to hospitals.
The region’s largest bus operator has confirmed that more than 80 buses will operate this week covering vital school, hospital and works services.
Services that will run include sch
Drivers reject deal to make them the highest paid in the region and opt for a 12-week bus strike
Drivers at Go North East have turned down a landmark offer that would have made them the best-paid bus drivers in the region. Instead, Union members will start a 12-week strike from Saturday, 28 October.
The proposed deal would have increased hourly rates for drivers to £14.15. For drivers working a standard week annual pay would have risen by almost £2,700 yearly, meaning a 10.3% boost to pay.
Go North East bus drivers set to become highest paid in the region as bosses move to avert strike action
Go North East, the region’s largest bus operator, has reached a breakthrough in talks with union representatives. This would propel its drivers to the top of the regional pay league and avert a looming 12-week strike scheduled to begin on Saturday, 28 October.
Under the landmark offer hourly rates for drivers will reach £14.15. This boosts pay for drivers working a standard week by almost £2,70
LOCAL TRADE UNION REPRESENTATIVES AT GO NORTH EAST IN U-TURN FROM PAY AGREEMENT TO ALL-OUT STRIKE
Local Unite Representatives at Go North East have walked away from a settlement they themselves proposed to end the long-running pay dispute and will now take indefinite strike action.
On Tuesday, union representatives put forward a resolution that would see over 1,000 workers receive an inflation-busting 10% no strings attached pay rise, backdated to 1 July 2023, plus a guarantee of an ‘infla
Unite call time on talks and press ahead with strike action
Go North East, the region’s largest bus operator, has confirmed that Unite the Union has rejected the company’s attempts to reach a compromise in the long running dispute over pay. Unite members will now strike.
During intensive negotiations involving ACAS, the company tabled an improved pay offer worth 9.5% to drivers and engineers. Administration staff earning up to £40,000 per year have be
Go North East welcomes ACAS talks
Go North East, the region’s largest bus operator, has today welcomed the decision by Unite to engage in talks involving ACAS. Bosses at the company had been pressing the union to agree to negotiations in a bid to settle a pay deal.
The operator has agreed to increase the pay of its drivers by 9.11%; a rise which outpaces both the current CPI (6.4%) and RPI (9.0%) inflation rates.
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