Northern Ireland faces a major transportation disruption as bus and rail services, operated by Translink, come to a standstill for the third time in a little over a week, causing considerable inconvenience on a crucial shopping day right before Christmas.
The strike, initiated by Unite, GMB, and Siptu unions representing Translink employees, commenced shortly after midnight on Friday. This ongoing action, following a previous two-day stoppage, is causing a complete shutdown of all bus and rail operations.
The unions are embroiled in a dispute primarily concerning pay. They are advocating for a pay rise in line with the cost of living, prompting these strikes. More strike dates are anticipated to be declared in the upcoming year, prolonging the disruption faced by commuters.
The repercussions of this industrial action are evident in the traffic situation, with significant delays expected in Belfast and across Northern Ireland due to the cancellation of all Translink services. Commuters and shoppers alike are likely to encounter challenges moving around the region.
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