Star Opinion: More talks before bus strike

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Striking is and always should be a last resort so The Star would urge bus drivers and their union and First Bus company to get back round the negotiating table.

As we reveal today drivers are being balloted over potential strike action which would affect thousands of passengers across South Yorkshire.

The dispute stems from a disagreement over a pay increase being linked to a change in conditions which would mean, according to the union Unite, new drivers only being paid for the time they spend behind the wheel.

Known as a ‘skinny drivers’ system, it would effectively mean that drivers would, for example, not earn money for time spent travelling to pick up a bus already on its route.

There’s no doubt bus drivers work hard and play a big part in the success or otherwise of their company.

First are doing well and for that the drivers should be congratulated.

However, they are at the front end, literally, of a very public service which for many is the only way to get to work or get around the city.

They do not deserved to be punished by being unable to carry out their daily routine so we would urge all parties to sit down once again.

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