RMT union suspends further bus driver strike action

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ Union (RMT) has suspended further strike action by 375 of its bus drivers at six Wiltshire and Dorset depots to hold further talks on solving the dispute over excessive driving hours.

RMT members at Blandford, Bournemouth, Lymington, Poole, Ringwood and Swanage depots had already completed three separate days of strike action, following the failure of last-ditch talks, and were due to take a further day of strike action on Wednesday 23 January.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Our members have now voted twice to strike by margins of 10 to one, and now the company has indicated it is ready for talks on what is a straightforward safety issue.

“The company needs to ask itself why our members have taken three days of solid strike action and stop putting their profits before our members’ and their passengers’ safety,” he added.

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