Following the RMTs announcement that it intends to organise discontinuous industrial action over rates of pay and conditions of service on the 19th May 2017, an Arriva TrainCare spokesperson said:

“This action is wholly unnecessary. A 2017 pay award for all employees of Arriva TrainCare has been accepted following positive negotiations with UNITE – our recognised trade union. The pay award is effective from January 2017 and all employees will be receiving a backdated payment on 12th May 2017. As such there is no dispute over pay, as the RMT suggests, and therefore no grounds to proceed with strike action."

”Our priority now is to develop robust plans to ensure our customers can run close to normal services on the affected strike day, and we are confident our contingency planning will achieve this outcome for our customers."

“In the meantime, we urge the RMT to accept the outcome of the approved and recognised collective bargaining arrangements and allow Arriva TrainCare to continue to service its customers and their passengers uninterrupted by needless strike action.”