Isle of Man bus strike postponed

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A strike by Isle of Man bus drivers has been postponed - but could now coincide with the TT.

The walkout, due to begin on Tuesday, has been re-scheduled for the end of May or the start of June.

However, the government said it would not allow a stoppage to take place during the TT.

Unite is involved in a dispute with state-owned Bus Vannin over plans to introduce a £3,000 pay cut.

Unite's North West leader Bobby Morton said the strike was stopped following legal advice.

'No Explanation'

Department of Community, Culture and Leisure (DCCL) Minister Graham Cregeen said: "I am pleased the strike has been cancelled and a normal bus schedule is running, but it has come with no explanation.

"Bobby Morton is running this campaign from the UK and does not realise the different situation on the island.

"If a strike is proposed during the TT, we would not let this happen."

Bus Vannin drivers have already staged walkouts in December, January and February over the planned wage cuts.

The DCCL is aiming to save about £1m a year as part of the Manx government's attempts to rebalance its finances after the UK brought an end to a VAT sharing agreement, leaving a £75m-a-year hole in the island's income.

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