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Dorset bus drivers to delay strike action

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

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Talks to solve the pay dispute involving about 60 drivers at First Hampshire and Dorset, and Unite, the country’s largest union, will continue this week.

As a result, Unite has suspended the 24-hour strike due for Wednesday to allow for the talks.

However, if the dispute is not settled by the end of next week, the union says it has already given the company notice that there will be a 24-hour strike on Monday, February 3, that will hit the Bridport, Portland and Weymouth areas.

The drivers held a a 24-hour strike last Monday.

The dispute centres on the pay of the drivers, currently on £8.30 an hour, compared with their regional colleagues, such as drivers on Yellow Buses in Bournemouth who earn more than £10 an hour.

The management offered 1.5 per cent for April 2013 to April 2014 which would take the pay to £8.50 an hour.

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