Bus drivers on the Isle of Man have delivered an overwhelming vote for action. They are due to strike on December 20, 21 and 22. However, their union Unite remains in talks with the operator. 79 ballot papers were returned, with 71 in favour of strikes and eight against.
The long-running dispute is over an atttack on terms and conditions. The Manx government is out to slash £300,000 a year from the budget, and plans to do this largely by scrapping drivers’ paid lunch breaks – which would cut about £3,000 from their average annual pay.