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Bus drivers in Cardiff set to strike

A union has called on transport company Cardiff Bus to work with them in order to prevent a series of one day strikes next month.

Bus drivers in Cardiff are set to strike Credit: ITV News

Workers at Cardiff Bus have rejected a two-year pay offer and will cary out a series of one day strikes starting on September 2. The union says it is "very angry" at the company's unwillingness to improve their current pay offer.

We have been working flat out to negotiate a solution for over 10 months but have hit a brick wall. Our members have nowhere else to go but to take this industrial action to try and persuade Cardiff Bus to rethink their rigid negotiating strategy.

This decision to take industrial action is a last resort which was not taken lightly, however over 83% of our members are taking the action which reflects the strength of feeling amongst our members. Even at this late stage I would urge Cardiff Bus to rethink, talk to us and try and prevent a dispute which would bring widespread disruption to our capital city.

– Alan McCarthy, Unite

There are fears the strikes could coincide with some of the busiest days of the year when Rugby World Cup matches are played in the capital. The Millennium Stadium is set to host four of the matches including Wales versus Uruguay on September 20 and Wales versus Fiji on October 1.

Cardiff Bus has been approached for comment.