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2016
Monday 14th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

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.”




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