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Leeds bus strike starts after pay offer rejected

Union members outside a bus depot
Image caption The company's offer was rejected by members at a meeting on Thursday

A 24-hour bus strike is underway in Leeds after union members voted to reject a pay offer from FirstLeeds.

Members of the Unite union at Hunslet Park and Bramley went on strike from 02:00 BST.

FirstLeeds have said all routes in the city are affected "to some degree", but the park and ride service is running.

Buses from depots in Bradford, Huddersfield and Halifax are not affected.

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Phil Brown, of Unite union, said: "There are further strikes planned but we want the company to the table."

'Unnecessary action'

He said another strike could be called on Monday 20 June.

Mr Brown apologised for the strike action to commuters but said "this is the last straw".

Paul Matthews, of First Bus, said: "We think this action is unnecessary and we have made a reasonable offer."

He said the company had met the unions claim for an extra 36p an hour but payment would have to be staggered.

No date has yet been set for further talks, he said.

The company has said its offer would have delivered a pay increase of more than 3% in a one-year deal.

But it was rejected by members at a meeting on Thursday.

The two sides had met with the conciliatory service ACAS on Wednesday.

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Image caption FirstLeeds said all routes in the city would be affected "to some degree"

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