Auckland bus drivers are close to finalising an agreement on their contract with NZ Bus, ending a six-month dispute that included strikes.
The drivers will get a 2 percent pay rise backdated to November last year and another two percent rise this November, the company and the unions said today.
There were also good concessions provided to drivers around work rules such as rosters, consultation, sick leave and back pay, they said in a joint statement.
"Tramways delegates will be recommending to our members that the offer made by the company is accepted," said Auckland Tramways president Gary Froggatt.
NZ Bus says it's a good agreement which will mean a real wage increase.
"Once ratified this will be a great result for our drivers and customers," said northern chief operation officer Shane McMahon.
In February, about 1000 bus drivers went on strike but Friday traffic chaos didn't materialise as feared.