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Bus drivers set to strike in Manchester

September 4, 2009

Manchester, England

BUS drivers in Bolton, Bury and Wigan are set to start a series of 24-hour strikes on Friday September 11, unions have revealed.

Subsequent walk-outs have been planned for Monday, September 14, and the following two Mondays.

Row

The union Unite has confirmed that a total of 833 First Bus workers, the majority of them drivers, will take part in the action in a row over annual pay rises.

It follows First Group’s imposition of a ‘zero per cent pay deal’, the union said. Unite accused First Bus of using the recession as ‘an excuse to freeze workers’ pay’ on the back of the company posting an annual profit of £134m.

Talks with conciliation service ACAS have failed to resolve the dispute but both parties will meet on Wednesday, September 9, for further talks. The strike is expected to disrupt hundreds of bus routes.

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