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DeSilva confident of resolving bus dispute

Bus service: transport minister Zane DeSilva is confident that the work-to-rule will be resolved next week (File photograph)

Industrial action launched by bus drivers on Thursday is likely to be resolved early next week, the transport minister said yesterday.

Zane DeSilva was speaking after bus drivers voted for a work to rule after a midweek meeting at the Bermuda Industrial Union.

A work to rule means that staff stick to their contracts and minimum duties.

Mr DeSilva said that the drivers were concerned about a number of problems.

He added: “It’s a myriad of issues — facilities at the east and west ends, roaches on the buses, and not having hot water at some facilities.”

The transport minister said he had inspected the West End depot on Thursday and planned to visit the St George’s terminal next week.

He added that he and Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the public works minister, had agreed a schedule to tackle problems with bus service buildings.

Mr DeSilva said: “We’ll look at these issues in terms of infrastructure and get them sorted out quickly.”

He added that if bus drivers were “confident that we will move on this, we will see a resolution”.

His remarks were made just before 29 services were cancelled yesterday afternoon.