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Island bus drivers vote to strike
Bus drivers on the Isle of Wight have announced a week-long strike in a dispute over pay.

Members of the RMT union, who work for Southern Vectis, have rejected a pay deal and are set to walk out on Sunday.

If the strike goes ahead it will bring most bus services, including school buses, to a standstill.

After months of negotiations, the drivers have refused a two-year settlement of 8% this year, and 1% above the rate of inflation next year.

I very much regret that a strike looks quite likely
Alex Carter, Southern Vectis

Alex Carter, managing director of Southern Vectis, told the BBC that no further talks between the two sides are planned.

"I very much regret that a strike looks quite likely," he said.

Southern Vectis is part of the Go-Ahead Group.

Last week drivers at another Go-Ahead company, Wilts and Dorset buses, also voted for a series of one-day strikes over what they claim are excessive driving hours.

Some drivers currently spend up to five and a half hours behind the wheel without a break.

That action has now been postponed while further discussions are held.


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