METRO bus services will run today, after a stopwork meeting scheduled for this afternoon was called off.
The meeting of Rail, Tram and Bus union members has been postponed until after the union meets Metro management at Campbell Town tomorrow.
The Rail, Tram and Bus union has staged two stopwork meetings in the past two weeks in protest against Metro Tasmania's pay offer.
And two more stopwork actions - between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday, and 8pm to 10pm on Friday - could take place if the dispute is not resolved.
The move came as the government said it could not intervene in the pay dispute that is disrupting Tasmania's bus system because it is not party to the industrial agreement.
Union secretary Samantha Simonetis warned bus services would continue to be disrupted until Metro increased its offered annual pay rise from 2 per cent to 3 per cent.
Opposition sustainable transport spokesman Matthew Groom has repeatedly called on the government to intervene in the dispute.
A government spokesman said the industrial negotiations were ``separate from government'' and it would be ``inappropriate'' for Sustainable Transport Minister Nick McKim or Workplace Relations Minister David O'Byrne to intervene.
``The Workplace Relations Minister does not have power to force the parties to the Industrial Commission, because the government is not one of the parties,'' the spokesman said.
Both Metro management and the union have signalled that the dispute will inevitably be referred to the Fair Work Commission, but neither is willing to do that yet.
Metro chief executive Heather Hazelgrove said the organisation had been advised that it would be unable to meet the commission's requirements at this stage.
``Unfortunately, even though the public has been inconvenienced by the unions action any legal move to stop these disruptions would be futile at this stage.'' Ms Hazelgrove said.
Ms Simonetis said Metro should refer the matter to the commission, but said the union would not do so yet.
Metro sent individual letters to its 350 drivers last week, detailing what their personal pay rise would be under the company's offer.
Ms Simonetis said the letter angered drivers and galvanised their opposition to the deal.