Talks planned to avert Isle of Man bus strike
Talks between the Isle of Man government and bus drivers are due to take place in an attempt to avert a strike.
Nearly 100 Bus Vannin employees have agreed to walk out on 5 and 6 July in a row over terms and conditions.
However, the strike is "not a foregone conclusion" according to a union official.
The regional representative of Unite, Steve Salter, said talks with treasury officials will take place on 30 June.
Mr Salter said: "This is the last throw of the dice to try to get the department to re-jig the offer that has been made and to take a more balanced view of things.
"The average earnings of bus drivers on the island is in the region of £36,000 a year but when you look at the hours that these guys put in, it doesn't equate to a lot."
'Fair and reasonable offer'
A final decision on strike action is expected by 1 July.
If the walk-out goes ahead it will affect passengers travelling to St John's on the Tynwald Day bank holiday but the government said schools will open, as normal, on 6 July.
David Cretney, minister for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: "I hope agreement can be reached and the dispute resolved but we believe the department has made a fair and reasonable offer to buy out some historic terms and conditions.
"This will make the organisation more efficient and as a result produce a significant saving to the taxpayer."