The actions of First Union representatives has forced further delays to services in Hamilton this morning.
Union representatives set up a blockade at the Transport Centre and Go Bus depot, while at bus stops across the city they have been reportedly stepping into the path of moving buses.
The union drivers are involved in industrial action over a pay dispute with employer, Go Bus.
Waikato Regional Council public transport operations manager, Andrew Wilson, said buses that are unobstructed and able to continue operating safely will do so. But only limited services are running again this morning.
“We respect people’s right to a peaceful and respectful protest. But union representatives putting themselves or others in danger is a serious concern for us.
“The union have been spoken with on a number of occasions, asking that protests are carried out in a safe manner, but it would appear these requests are being ignored.
“We are very disappointed that passengers in Hamilton who rely on our buses to get to work and school, including NCEA exams, are being so seriously impacted.
“We apologise to our passengers, who will experience significant delays across our services again today,” Mr Wilson said.
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