BUS passengers in Doncaster are facing another week of disruption as drivers prepare to continue a series of strikes over pay.
Employees of bus operator First have turned down a 5.7 per cent pay offer and are planning more stoppages next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following three one-day walkouts this week.
John Evans, regional industrial organiser for the Transport and General Workers' Union, said there had been 100 per cent support for the strikes and that drivers had been out on the picket lines.
He said: "The pay package put forward includes drivers losing bank holiday premium payments and a change to holiday entitlements. That isn't acceptable. No formal date has been set for further talks, but both sides have indicated they are willing."
First commercial director Brandon Jones said that the offer of a 5.7 per cent increase had now been withdrawn as the strikes last Saturday, Monday and Tuesday had been a financial burden on the company.
He added: "Any more stoppages would further reduce the amount we are able to offer our drivers. The strikes have caused a major inconvenience to passengers and we urge the union to join us in discussions with arbitration service ACAS."
South Yorkshire Police spokesman Pc Dave Chapman, of Doncaster Support and Planning, said there had been a "noticeable" increase in traffic in the town centre on strike days but that it had not caused any major disruption.
Customers should call First's Customer Services on (01709) 566000 for more information. Buses operated by other companies are continuing to run as normal.
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