The Tramways and Public Transport Union says an eight-year dispute with a Wellington bus company has ended.
In 2007, the union gave Mana Coach Services notice of a strike, but cancelled it just minutes before the action was due to start.
Union members showed up to work but the bus company had made alternative arrangements.
The Employment Relations Authority had ruled the staff were eligible to be paid for the four hours work they missed, but that was overturned by the Employment Court.
The Court of Appeal has now declined leave for the union to appeal.
The union said its formerly sour relationship with Mana Coach Services had improved in recent years because the company is under new management.