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Cardiff Bus cutting staff as it faces 'challenging times'.

ALMOST 30 people could be made redundant by Cardiff Bus.

The bus company, owned by Cardiff council and which has 700 members of staff, said 23 workers have already accepted voluntary redundancy.

It said discussions are now ongoing with unions about 26 compulsory redundancies.

The firm said it also expects an extra 16 people to leave over the next four months through "natural turnover".

Cardiff Bus managing director Cynthia Ogbonna said: "We can confirm that we are in consultation with our union partners regarding potential job losses within our organisation.

"The business is facing challenging times, primarily as a result of cuts to the Wales Concessionary Travel Scheme.

"While all areas of the business will be affected, a high proportion of the cuts are likely to be in managerial and support functions. Our aim is to minimise the number and impact of job losses, especially on frontline roles." She added: "We will be doing everything we can to assist the affected staff and I'd like to thank all staff during these challenging times.

"These are unfortunate, but necessary, measures but we remain fully committed to providing a comprehensive, high quality, value for money bus service to the citizens of Cardiff and surrounding areas."

Steve Pantak, regional officer for Unite, said it is trying to secure as many voluntary redundancies as possible but warned they are "not out of the woods yet".

He added: "We don't know what next year's budget holds and that is a grave concern."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Feb 20, 2014
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