Bus dispute breakthrough

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THERE has been a breakthrough in the long-running bus dispute.

The Department of Community, Culture and Leisure and Unite the Union confirmed that further talks on terms and conditions of employment of the bus driving staff have been held and that the discussions have identified a possible solution that will be put to union members in a sealed ballot.

A statement reads: ‘The proposed agreement allows the department to make the savings it requires to meet its budget targets whilst reassuring bus driving staff that their new terms and conditions will remain in place for a further two years.

‘The proposed agreement balances the Department’s wish to see increased operational efficiencies with the union’s wish to protect the interests of its members.’

The ballot is expected to close on Monday, February 11.

More on this story in Monday’s Examiner

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