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Fresh talks fail to resolve First Aberdeen bus strike

Bus strike

Fresh talks aimed at ending a strike by bus drivers in Aberdeen have ended without agreement.

Members of the Unite union at First Aberdeen have been taking part in the first of 11 days of action on Friday, with further disruption scheduled for Monday.

Talks had resumed on Friday afternoon.

First said the changes were necessary to keep its operation in the city sustainable. Unite said the vote for action was overwhelming.

The action is expected to culminate in a week-long stoppage later this month.

'Useful meeting'

First Aberdeen operations director David Phillips said: "I would like to thank all our customers for their patience and understanding.

"We have managed to deliver a service to 60% of our network so far today, on a reduced frequency timetable.

"We have held a further meeting with our union colleagues, which although useful, regrettably did not reach an agreement and end the industrial action."

Unite regional officer Willie Wallace earlier said: "First Bus is arguing that they need these changes to stem the decline in their financial performance, but when Unite put alternative suggestions for making the savings to the company, these were rejected."

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