Isle of Man bus drivers reject offer in secret ballot

Isle of Man bus strike Bus Vannin drivers picketed outside the Douglas bus stop in December

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Bus drivers in the Isle of Man have voted against a deal which the Manx government had hoped would rule out plans for more industrial action.

Bus Vannin drivers took industrial action in December and January over new measures including a £3,000 pay cut.

In a secret ballot on Monday, 56 of 79 voters rejected the new deal, the terms of which have not been made public.

The department of infrastructure brought in changes to driver contracts in a bid to save £300,000 a year.

A government spokesman said: "We are disappointed that bus drivers have rejected the proposed new terms and conditions. The department worked hard with the union to present an offer that balanced the department's need to make savings and the union's wish to protect the interests of its members.

"Discussions are ongoing to identify alternative solutions that may be available and keeping within the savings that are required. In the meantime, all drivers are currently working under new terms and conditions and these will remain in place ensuring that the department's savings targets are met."

Eric Holmes from the Unite union said a decision on whether or not there will be further strike action will be made at a members meeting.

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