Arriva staff took to the picket line calling for fair pay as the first day of bus strikes took place.

Bus drivers and other Arriva staff turned out with placards at Watford Junction bus station.

A total of 900 Arriva workers from across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire are not working today or tomorrow (September 6).

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The industrial action is over a long-running dispute regarding a pay rise that Unite claims is a "pay cut disguised as a rise" because inflation is currently running at over 10 per cent.

Watford Observer: Arriva staff at the picket line. Picture: Kimberley HackettArriva staff at the picket line. Picture: Kimberley Hackett

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Strikes will cause severe disruption across the region.

"This will be entirely Arriva’s fault for offering a pay cut disguised as a rise while our members are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis."

Arriva has stated it “remains committed” to resolving the strike and continues to encourage Unite to ballot on the latest pay offer.

A statement reads: “We will continue to keep our customers and stakeholders updated, we apologise for the inconvenience this will cause across the region, particularly as our schools return for a new academic year.”

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