Bus strike to hit SEQ hard as drivers walk off the job

HUNDREDS of Brisbane bus drivers are set to walk off the job this afternoon during peak hour after last-ditch efforts to head off the strike failed.

Rail, Tram and Bus Union members plan to take industrial action between 2:00pm and 6:00pm over pay and conditions

The union and the Brisbane City Council failed to resolve their pay and conditions dispute during a meeting on Thursday evening that lasted for more than six hours.

The council reinstated its offer of a 2.5 per cent pay rise each year for three years, plus a $400 sign-up bonus, but insisted that union control of rostering was non-negotiable.

Union spokesman Tom Brown said he would have liked to see an agreement.

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