Plymouth bus services disrupted in second day of strike
BUS passengers face a second day of disruption today as drivers strike over pay.
Most First Devon and Cornwall services in Plymouth are likely to be hit after talks between union chiefs and bus bosses broke down.
Members of the RMT union staged a strike last month, bringing most First buses to a halt for 24 hours.
First had offered drivers a one per cent rise this year and a proposed 2.7 per cent hike next year in a deal that also tore up existing terms and conditions on sick pay and overtime.
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Industrial action due to take place last Thursday was suspended after a revised deal was then tabled, offering a two per cent pay increase from December and 2.3 per cent from April next year.
But workers rejected the offer, claiming the company had deliberately dragged out negotiations so it could sidestep shelling out back pay.
First said last night that it would run a better level of service than in the previous walk-out. "Where possible we have added in some early morning and afternoon journeys to help people get to and from school, college and work destinations," a spokesperson said.
"We are prioritising school and college services, and the park and ride service in Devon.
"We regret the disruption this industrial action is causing our customers."
Among the services First hopes to run today include:
A reduced park and ride service in Plymouth, with buses running up to every 15 minutes, rather than every seven minutes on normal days.
Service 2: A half-hourly service from Plymouth city centre to Mountbatten pier via Plymstock and Hooe.
Service 86: A journey to and from Plymouth to Tavistock College at 7.20am from Plymouth, and 3.05pm from Tavistock.
Service 89, Tavistock town bus.
All other services are expected to be severely disrupted. Up-to-date details will be on the company's website and via its Facebook and Twitter pages.