There may be delays on some Tauranga bus routes today as some bus drivers strike.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council warned of potential disruptions to Bayhopper buses on six routes between 9am and midday.

The strike action was being taken by some drivers employed by Go Bus Transport Limited, which the council contracted to provide the Bayhopper service.

The council said the strike would not disrupt the Schoolhopper service or the peak hour commute.


A statement put out by First Union, which represented the drivers, said around 30 drivers would attend a stop work meeting with the union between 9am and 11am.

Eleven of the 30 drivers were rostered to work at the time of the meeting and had voted to take strike action to attend.

The union blamed Go Bus for any service disruptions, saying the company had three weeks' notice of the strike.

"It's a shame the company wouldn't work with us to allow members to attend these once yearly meetings," Bus Drivers First spokesperson Rudd Hughes said.

The company and union are in wage negotiations.

Darryl Bellamy of Go Bus declined an opportunity to comment on the union's claims.

Affected services

Route 1 - 09:15 from Quail Court, terminating at 10:58 at Greerton
Route 2 - 08:55 from CBD to Bayfair to Mount to CBD to Windermere terminating at the CBD at 10:55
Route 36 - 10:30 from CBD to 12:22 back at the CBD
Route 52 - 09:00 Greerton to 10:30
Route 55 - 09:20 from CBD to 10:30
Route 60 - 09:10 from CBD to 09:55 back to CBD and Route 60 10:10 CBD to 10:55 CBD

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