Bus Strike Back On

The Stockholm bus strike is back on, following the breakdown of talks between bus owners and unions. Almost all bus drivers in the Stockholm region will go back out on strike at midnight on Wednesday, and this time they will also be joined by colleagues in the northern Swedish county of Västerbotten.

Unions want at least 11 hours guaranteed rest for drivers per day, a pay rise of 300 US dollars monthly over 2 years, as well as for it to be easier to get a permanent job. The bus companies say the demands are unrealistic.

The bus strike started last week, meaning almost a quarter of a million Stockholmers had great difficulties getting to work, but it was put on hold over the weekend as negotiations restarted, and subsequently failed. Airport buses are not affected by the walkout.