BUS drivers will no longer strike over a pay dispute next week to allow for further talks.

Unite, the country’s largest union, has suspended the 24-hour action involving about 60 drivers at First Dorset and Hampshire.

Talks to solve the pay dispute will now continue next week.

If the dispute is not settled by the end of next week, Unite has already given the company notice that there will be a 24-hour strike on Monday, February 3. This will hit the Bridport, Portland and Weymouth areas.

The drivers already held a successful 24-hour strike on Monday. It centres on the pay of the drivers, currently on £8.30 an hour, compared with their regional colleagues.