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Belfast buses halted as drivers walk out over colleague

Buses in Belfast were brought to a standstill yesterday as drivers carried out an unofficial strike.

Metro services across the city were stopped as buses parked outside City Hall and drivers formed a protest at the landmark building over what they claimed was an unfair suspension of one of their colleagues.

Lines of empty buses were parked outside the building as around 100 drivers put on the brakes at 11am, in a demonstration of solidarity for their fellow worker.

They said the driver had been suspended for allegedly damaging the disabled ramp of a bus.

Translink bosses were then called in to hold discussions with union representatives in a bid to resolve the dispute.

Around two hours later the strike was called off, and the drivers and their buses returned to their usual routes.

A Translink spokeswoman said the unofficial strike “followed an internal investigation into an incident of potential employee misconduct”.

“We would like to apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused by the industrial action,” she added.

Belfast Telegraph