STRIKES on Hillingdon's buses look set to go ahead as planned after the driver's union rejected a final pay offer.
Talks between Unite and First have been continuing since last week when the likelihood of strike action on the company's west London network was announced.
The breakdown in relations means drivers will walk out from 3am tomorrow (Friday) for 24 hours during which time the majority of routes into and out of the borough will be affected.
These include the U1,U2,U3,U4,U5 and U10, the 207 from Hayes to Shepherds Bush, the 607 from Uxbridge to Acton, the 282 from Mount Vernon Hospital to Eastcote and the night buses including the N207.
First has once again spoken of its disappoinmeant matters have reached this stage after claiming it offered entirely reasonable pay deals.
It also reiterated only 22% of its drivers voted in favour of strike action.
Managing director for London & Berkshire, Adrian Jones, said: "The London bus market has always been competitive and there is continuing downward pressure on tender prices.
"In the current circumstances, we believe the pay offer made is a good one, particularly compared with those currently being made in many sectors. Our pay rates are good compared to many bus companies.
"Yesterday I put forward a significantly improved offer of 4% but I regret to say that the Negotiating Committee were unwilling to take this back to the depots for a vote.
"This was despite me making clear that this offer was at the absolute limit of that which the Company could afford and would not be available if strikes take place (meaning that the offer would revert to 3.5%).
"This is because the cost to the Company of strikes will have to be reflected in any future settlement.
"We are prepared to discuss additional pay for any measures that would increase operational efficiency but Unite is currently unwilling to consider this.
The Union's aspiration, which is part of a London-wide campaign, would amount to an increase of over 70% in our wage bill and is unrealistic.
"We will do all we can to minimise disruption to bus services but at this stage it is not possible to estimate how much they will be affected."
Passengers are advised to listen to TV/Radio travel news tomorrow to hear details of routes affected.
If matters are not resolved a further 48 strike is expected on Friday September 12 and Saturday September 13.