Sunday 28 May 2017

14,220 work days lost to strikes in last quarter

Dublin Bus (Stock photo)
Dublin Bus (Stock photo)

There were 14,220 working days lost as a result of industrial disputes between July and September this year, with almost all of them accounted for in the transport sector.

The Dublin Bus strike was the biggest industrial dispute in the period.

New figures, released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), showed that 3,312 striking workers accounted for the lost days.

The figure for the third quarter of this year accounts for almost three quarters of all working days lost so far in 2016, the total being 20,517.

Dublin Bus staff members staff went on strike seeking pay increases.

The action was eventually suspended on September 29, following marathon talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

Staff accepted a 3.75pc increase on pay each year for the next three years.

There were also 50 days lost in the public administration and defence sector in the period.

During the same period last year, there were no days lost to strike action.

Irish Independent

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