Workers at bus builders Alexander Dennis Limited went on strike this morning in a row over pay.
They have rejected the offer of a 3.5 per cent wage rise and withdrawn their labour until 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
The move came after last ditch talks between the Unite union and ADL bosses hosted by ACAS failed to reach an agreement.
On the back of ADLs reported £24.4 million pre-tax profit the workforce is demanding a four per cent hike in wages - the same deal they accepted last year.
Unite regional industrial officer Lyn Turner said: “We went to ACAS in good faith and hopeful common sense would prevail with the agreement of four per cent, a relatively modest sum given the company is revelling in record profits. Instead the justifiable expectations of the workers who collectively transformed the fortunes of ADL only four years ago were met with arrogance and belligerence leaving us with no other option but to commence a first wave of strike action.”