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Bradford First bus drivers to strike from 27 April

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Image caption The drivers are to begin their strike action from midnight on 27 April

Bus drivers working for the First Bus company in Bradford have voted to strike for 48 hours.

The dispute by members of the Unite union will affect services from midnight on Monday 27 April.

Emma Taylor, from the First company, said: "I'm very disappointed that Unite intend to strike next week and bring such massive and unnecessary disruption to bus users.

Unite said members were fighting to maintain a "good and reliable" service.

'Action completely unjustified'

The union said it was willing to continue negotiations with management to avoid industrial action.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the bus company said: "I believe this action is completely unjustified when I have given my reassurance to the trade union that there are no jobs at risk and the depot is not closing.

"In fact our plans in Bradford are for investment and development particularly in line with the expanding retail offer in the next few months.

"The dispute is centred around the reallocation of some staffing duties on the 576 Halifax - Bradford route.

"This work was moved in January from Bradford to Halifax to balance staff duties and protect jobs in both areas following tender losses at Halifax."

Harriet Eisner, Unite regional officer, said members were also concerned about a fall in the number of drivers.

"There is a big shortage of drivers with no recruitment of new drivers and this is coupled with the movement of jobs without consultation from Bradford to other towns," she said.

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