Bus Strike Continues

The Bus strike here in the capital enters its second day with talks still at a standstill. The industry say more drivers are needed.

A quarter of a million commuters again had problems getting into work today.

Those in the bus industry say there is a lack of available drivers and are calling for the minimum age for taking the bus chauffeurs licence to be lowered from 21 to 18 years.

They argue that the high turnover of their workforce of between 13 and 14 percent a year, means that the industry needs to attract younger workers.

The director for the Swedish Bus and Coach Federation, Anna Grönlund, says if they don’t get more drivers, more buses will stand empty with the impact on the city being similar to that seen with the current strike.

Up to 2,500 new drivers a year are needed in order to meet current requirements.