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North Wales Arriva bus drivers vote for strike action

Arriva bus
Bus services throughout north Wales could be affected

Bus drivers in north Wales have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.

Arriva Buses Wales services throughout the region and as far south as Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire could be affected.

The union Unite is meeting shop stewards to discuss taking action, and it has 28 days to inform Arriva.

The company said it was working with trade unions and the conciliation service Acas to resolve the matter.

Peter Hughes, from Unite, said drivers in depots in north Wales and Chester were unhappy with a pay offer they had received from Arriva.

He added that it was considerably lower than colleagues working on Merseyside and the Wirral had been promised.

'The ballot'

Any strike action would affect services in Chester, Wrexham, Rhyl, Llandudno Junction, Bangor, Pwllheli, Dolgellau and Aberystwyth, which would affect services down the coast to Cardigan and to Carmarthenshire.

Michael Morton, managing director of Arriva Buses Wales, said: "We have received the results of the ballot and will now continue discussions with our trade union colleagues and involve ACAS with a view to resolving the matter.

"Customers should not at this stage be concerned about our service provision and we will continue to operate all advertised services."

A majority of 77% of Arriva's Unite members voted in favour of taking action.

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