Hundreds of bus drivers across the north of Wales are being balloted for strike action, which could cause major disruptions to services if it went ahead.

Around 400 workers are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay. Unite members based at depots including Amlwch, Bangor, Llandudno, Rhyl, Wrecsam and Hawarden across the border will take part in the ballot.

Bus services across the region could be seriously disrupted were the strike to go ahead. 

Unite Regional Officer, Jo Goodchild said: "Arriva’s refusal to put forward an adequate pay increase means Unite has no choice but to ballot for industrial action. Our bus drivers have been true heroes during the pandemic.

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"They have played a crucial in keeping the country moving, ensuring our hospital staff and other key workers were able to get to work during the pandemic.

"Disgracefully despite all their efforts they have been subjected to verbal abuse, sometimes even physical abuse from passengers whilst trying to ensure everybody’s safety whilst travelling on board the vehicles.

"Low pay and tough working conditions have led to a significant number of bus driver shortages across North Wales and the public is facing bus services being cut on a weekly basis. This is all down to Arriva and other companies simply not paying the rate for the job.

"Our members have had enough. It is time for Arriva to stop the rot, think again and give our members the decent pay award they deserve."

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The ballot of bus of bus drivers across 6 depots opens on Monday October 11 and closes on October 26. Should workers vote in favour of industrial action, strikes could start as early as November.

A spokesperson for Arriva UK said: "We continue to engage in discussions with our trade union partners and remain committed to reaching an agreement.

"As the country recovers from Covid and returns to public transport, it’s important that we work together to deliver the best possible service to our customers."

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