Bus strike averted after pay deal

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North Ireland

A strike by bus drivers in Northern Ireland has been averted after workers accepted a two-year pay deal.

Sean Smyth from the Unite union, which represents Translink drivers, said it was the worst pay deal union members had ever received from the company.

However, he said staff recognised the difficult trading conditions the company was facing and had agreed to a minimum rise “to help keep fares down”.

The bus drivers will now receive a minimum increase of 1% each year.

Mr Smyth added: “You have got to understand, the current economic situation in Northern Ireland, the tension Translink is under, it was important we got this deal.”

“In the light of what were are facing – the constant threat of privatisation which will destroy public transport in Northern Ireland – our members have agreed to accept a two year pay deal”.

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