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Auckland, Hamilton bus services out of action over strikes

Bus services in Auckland and Hamilton have been disrupted this morning as about 200 drivers strike over pay.

Bus drivers are on
strike in Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

Bus drivers are on strike in Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

Members of First Union are striking as part of their long-running pay dispute.

In Auckland, bus services operated by Ritchies Murphy Transport and Pavlovich Coachlines have been cancelled for 24 hours until 4am tomorrow.

The strikes will affect 15 routes in west Auckland, and 10 in South Auckland, but school buses, trains and ferries are running as normal.

More than 30 drivers are at the picket line at the Manukau transport centre in South Auckland, holding flags and placards.

In Hamilton, city buses were affected between 5am and 9am today.

Only urban routes are involved, but people are being warned other services could be disrupted, so they should check the timetables.

A separate planned strike in Wellington has been postponed.

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