Manchester’s Metrolink drivers and supervisors are to go take strike action over pay.

Over 300 drivers and some supervisors are members of Unite who held a vote for strike action because of a 1% pay increase which Unite has called “Pitiful”.

The strike action is a result of a ‘pitiful’ offer that the workforce received following months of negotiations. The workers were offered a 0.3 per cent backdated pay increase for the period from January to March 2021 followed by a 0.7 per cent increase from April 2021 to April 2022

The first of the strikes will be on the 25 and 26 September 2021 a weekend where Manchester United play Aston Villa on the Saturday and The Great Manchester Run on the Sunday which will cause severe disruption for those events, also for others who catch the tram to work.

Bus services will be severely impacted as people will be using more and because of this expect delays on most routes.

More strikes are planned for Sunday 10 October which will impact the Manchester Marathon event, and another one on October 24 when Manchester United play Liverpool.

Further strike action could be called at any time according to Unite.

You can read more about the strike here