Wellington bus drivers threaten to walk off the job 'indefinitely'

Wellington bus drivers have voted to walk off the job "indefinitely" if an employment dispute is not resolved, the Tramways Union says.

More than 230 union members voted in favour of industrial action at a regionwide stop work meeting on Wednesday, and three voted against.

Tramways Union secretary Kevin O'Sullivan said: "At our meeting we voted to stop work indefinitely from the 23rd of October unless we get a proposal to settle our collective agreements."

Drivers are demanding better pay and working conditions through collective agreements with employers Tranzit, Tranzurban Wellington, Uzabus and NZ Bus.

Drivers also made a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Greater Wellington Regional Council, calling for a commissioner to take over the region's public transport.

There has been mass frustration with the bus network in Wellington after the major share of contracts changed hands from NZ Bus to Tranzit in July.

There have been regular delays and cancellations over the past few months in the city.