OVER 850 bus drivers in West Yorkshire are staging a 24-hour strike today in a dispute over pay and shifts, union Unite announced yesterday.
Arriva drivers claim that their work shifts of up to five-and-a-half hours without a break can endanger passenger safety.
The drivers want the length of their shifts before a break reduced from five-and-half hours to five making it closer to the four-and-a-half hour maximum which lorry drivers can legally drive before taking a break.
The drivers, who are also seeking an hourly pay rise of 20p, are to walk out from five depots from 3am.
Unite regional officer Phil Bown said: “Strike action is not a step our members take lightly, but after nearly 12 months of circular talks they have become increasingly angry about being strung along by Arriva bosses.”