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Bus drivers in mid and north Wales stage 24-hour strike

Arriva bus
Bus services throughout north Wales will be affected

Bus drivers in mid and north Wales are to stage a one-day strike next week in a dispute over pay.

Arriva Buses Wales services throughout the two regions, and as far south as Carmarthenshire, will be affected.

Unite the union and Arriva failed to reach a compromise over a pay deal at a meeting on Wednesday.

Unite said its members would take action on 8 March, although another meeting with the company is planned on Thursday.

On Monday, Peter Hughes of 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.

'Very competitive'

The strike action will 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 believe the offer was generous and fair and above inflation, with rates very competitive for drivers compared to other operators in North and mid Wales.

"We have received the results of the ballot and will now continue discussions with our trade union colleagues and involve Acas (the conciliation service) 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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