11 Jan 2013

Isle of Man: drivers to strike on 17 January

Isle of Man bus drivers have voted for further strike action in a long-running dispute over measures which include a £3,000 pay cut. They will walk out on 17 January after talks between the Unite union and the government broke down on Thursday.
Unite's Bobby Morton said industrial action is planned for January, February and March.
In December a three-day strike led to hundreds of children on the island taking the steam train to school. The second strike will be held between 1pm and 6pm on Thursday which is an exam day for many of the island's GCSE and A-Level students.
Bobby Morton added that further strikes planned for February and March may be held over longer periods. The department is hoping the proposed changes will save £300,000 a year.

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