Tasmanian students could be left stranded next week if industrial action by bus drivers escalates.
More than 300 drivers stopped work across for the for hours today over a pay claim.
They are fighting for a 9 per cent pay rise over three years but Metro Tasmania is only prepared to offer drivers 6 per cent.
At a meeting outside the bus depot at Moonah, the Rail Tram and Bus Union's Samantha Simonetis said support for the strike action was high and the action was not taken lightly.
Ms Simonetis said with Metro Tasmania refusing to provide more than a 6 per cent pay increase, drivers were left with no choice but to take buses off the road.
"We've taken children to school and we've brought them home we've taken full-time workers to work this morning," she said.
"We can't please everybody that is going to be completely different next Friday because if we're on strike from 2pm there will be no children picked up."
Metro's Heather Haselgrove says the pay offer is fair.
"Metro bus drivers are already paid substantially more than their counterparts in the private bus industry, they're paid about 16 per cent higher than the drivers in the other companies," she said.
Ms Haselgrove says Metro would be happy to look at trade-offs if drivers can decide where savings can be made.