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Union calls off Wednesday's bus strike

The bus drivers' union Unite has called-off a strike planned for tomorrow (Wed 3 April).

Two stoppages of two hours starting at 0730 and 1500 were announced last week in the latest stage of a prolonged dispute over pay, terms and conditions, including the loss of paid lunch breaks.

Bus Vannin had organised a Sunday bus service Island-wide but that has now been stood-down and a weekday service is expected to operate as normal.

Unite's leader in the north-west Bobby Morton says the union will focus its efforts on supporting drivers involved in an employment tribunal  which is due to be heard in the Island next month. It's understood the union is suing the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure on behalf of members claiming unfair dismissal and the unlawful deduction of wages.

Mr Morton has told Manx Radio the dispute is far from resolved and the union's campaign of industrial action will continue in late May once the tribunal has been heard, if the dispute remains unresolved.

Unite held a similar two-part stoppage on 6 March and last December staged a three day strike in the week before Christmas.

DCCL minister Graham Cregeen says the department was not told why tomorrow's strike had been cancelled:

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