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Brighton bus strike averted as pay deal reached

The strike by bus drivers in Brighton has been averted after a pay deal was reached, according to the company.

The possibility of industrial action was raised on 10 November by 360 members of the Unite union over pay and working conditions.

Walkouts were scheduled for 15 and 19 November, but they were suspended while talks continued.

Now Brighton and Hove Bus Company says a pay offer has been accepted in a new ballot.

Martin Harris, managing director of the bus company, said: "I am very pleased for our staff and for our customers that we have concluded a very satisfactory pay award for all concerned.

"This also enables us to collectively focus our efforts on behalf of our customers, many of whom are experiencing disruption to services due to the widespread impact of the major roadworks at the moment".

The union has made no comment.

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