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Leeds bus drivers strike postponed – services now ‘back to normal’

Bus services ‘fully returned’ to the streets of Leeds today, after drivers agreed to consider a new pay offer and suspended their strike action.

Around 800 Unite members had started the indefinite strike on Sunday suspended for two weeks from today (Tuesday, 20 June) to allow workers to be balloted on an improved deal. 

Unite has warned the strikes will resume if the offer is not accepted by members.

Unite regional officer Darren Rushworth said: “Following an improved offer from First West Yorkshire, Unite has, as an act of good faith, suspended strikes while our members are balloted on the new deal.”

Andrew Cullen, Managing Director of First North & West Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to have agreed a pay settlement and that Unite has postponed its industrial action immediately.

“Unite is committed to put this recommended offer to its members in a ballot on Thursday 29 June.

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding since Sunday.”

Dozens of services had been cancelled, with many others operating a much-reduced timetable.  

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