The planned strike for First Cymru Buses workers in Ammanford for this week has been postponed as a result of the national mourning period.

The strike had been planned to take place on Thursday, September 15, for five areas across South Wales (Ammanford, Haverfordwest, Bridgend, Port Talbot and Swansea).

Members of the union Unite were planning to take part in the strike. Unite said that this Thursday’s strike would be “their first day of strike action in a dispute over pay.”

However, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the strike has been postponed for a time after the national period of mourning.


Jane Reakes-Davies from First Cymru said: "While we're waiting for formal notification, we understand Unite have postponed their planned strike action on Thursday during this national period of mourning. 

"We welcome this decision, however note that Unite will still have an overtime ban in place which may affect scheduled services. Please ensure you check our website to keep up to date with any service disruptions."

A statement from First Buses Ltd on social media said: "Following the sad news last week that Her Majesty the Queen has died Unite the Union have decided to postpone their planned strike on Thursday, 15th September.

"We will post any further updates to our social media channels and on our website.

"We plan to operate a normal timetable on all services."

The postponed strike was being organised by Unite Wales and Thursday's action would have been the first in their on-going dispute over pay.

"Our bus drivers are inending to take strike action after rejecting three pay offers following extensive talks with the senior leadership team at First Cymru," commented a spokesperson.

"The final offer would have seen drivers receive a 9.5 per cent pay uplift along with a backpay to April with a commitement to enter fresh talks in advance of April 2023.

"We are hugely disappointed and furstrated that despite these extentive talks and multiple ballots, we haven't been able to reach an aimicable conclusion."