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Bus strike cancelled after ballot

First Bus in Aberdeen
There had been fears action could affect the Offshore Europe event

A bus strike in Aberdeen has been cancelled after a pay deal was agreed between the First company and unions.

The decision to accept the two-year pay offer will bring to an end industrial action that has disrupted bus services in the city since mid-July.

There had been concern that further strikes this week would damage the city's reputation as it hosts the Offshore Europe event.

Unions had recommended members accept the deal in a ballot at the weekend.

Staff have been involved in a long-running programme of industrial action, which has seen several strikes, as well as a work to rule, over the summer.

The latest round of industrial action was suspended at the end of last week after staff were offered the revised pay deal by company bosses.

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