UPDATE: Gatineau bus drivers' union to begin rotating strikes Thursday

The union representing Gatineau bus drivers will begin a series of rotating strikes on Thursday, after failing to reach a deal with the City.

City officials and the union representing the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) had scheduled one final meeting on Wednesday afternoon, in hopes of settling the labour dispute.

The union is pushing for binding arbitration in its contract dispute, and said it would launch 24-hour rotating strikes if that demand was refused.

As part of job action, the union says it will pick a day each week to shut down Gatineau's bus service.

Bus service has already been curtailed for weeks, after mechanics refused to work overtime.

The STO is advising commuters to make alternate transit plans.

The City of Gatineau says it is providing STO users with access to 500 parking spaces at the Robert Guertin Arena at 125 Carillon Street.

OC Transpo says it will not increase the number of buses it sends to and from Gatineau.