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Back up plans in place for Isle of Man bus strike

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Media captionIsle of Man bus drivers strike for the second time

Several back up plans have been put in place to help people travel during the Isle of Man bus strike on Thursday.

Drivers have voted for further strike action in a long-running dispute over measures including a £3,000 pay cut.

A government spokesman said a reduced service will still be run for the duration of the strike period.

Extra parking has been made available on Douglas promenade, Quarter Bridge, Circus Beach, Victoria Pier and the Bowl car park in Pulrose.

A government spokesman is also encouraging commuters to work from home, work flexible hours or car share for the day.

The strike period begins at 13:00 GMT and normal services are expected to resume at 18:30.

Nick Black from the community culture and leisure said: "The regular school day timetable is scheduled for the morning peak to ensure children can get to school and commuters arrive at work at the normal time.

"I can assure the public that no passengers will be left stranded as a result of a bus not completing a journey as any buses operating at 13:00 (GMT) will be driven by staff who are not taking industrial action."

A full bus time table for Thursday is available online.

'Toys out the pram'

Unite's Eric Holmes said the drivers are looking for justice through arbitration.

"It is the only way the drivers can have their case looked at without prejudice," he said.

"Sadly, all the way through these negotiations one side has not moved- it wants its pound of flesh.

"The bus company director, Mr Ian Longworth got a little bit distraught at the last meeting and threw all of his toys out the pram when he was told there would be a withdrawal of labour.

"I have asked the chief minister to become involved because we can't go on like this forever, all we are asking for is arbitration."

Further industrial action is planned for February and March.

In December a three-day strike led to hundreds of children on the island taking the steam train to school.

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