SOUTHAMPTON bus users could be affected after staff called for industrial action over pay.

Out of the 99 staff members from Bluestar who cast a vote in the ballot, a total of 86 voted in favour of strike action over arguments regarding pay.

A total of 92 individuals said they would also take industrial action short of a strike.

Bosses at Bluestar have said that any strike action could disrupt some journeys but the Unilink will remain unaffected.

They added that in the event of a strike they will continue to run services but said that they could be reduced.

A spokesperson from the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said that the drivers have “overwhelmingly” voted for strike action over their current pay and conditions.

Mick Tosh, from RMT Wessex added: “There has been a massive turn out.

“We tell the company the outlook of the ballot and we have to give them a 14 day notice before any action can take place.

“As far as I am concerned my members voted overwhelmingly and I am confident this will show in numbers.”

RMT is a trade union with more than 83,000 members from almost every sector of the transport industry - from the mainline and underground railways, shipping and offshore, buses and road freight.

Andrew Wickham, Bluestar managing director, said: “We value our drivers, and they provide an important service to those living and working in Southampton - and also to the city’s visitors.

“We want to reward them for the quality of work they do.

“With that in mind, the pay offer they have received is higher than inflation - and we believe it to be fair.

“In view of the importance of bus services in the city, we are very keen to avoid a strike.

“Industrial action of this kind could disrupt some journeys - and would lead to loss of pay for those taking part.

“We are available for further talks at any time with the hope of bringing this issue to a satisfactory resolution.

“In the event of a strike, Bluestar will continue to run services - although these may be reduced compared to normal operations.

“We will ensure our website and social media channels are kept up-to-date with travel information.

“Unilink bus services would not be affected.”