Wednesday 28 September 2016

Chaos looms for commuters as Dublin Bus drivers to strike six days next month

48 hours of strikes to take place from September 8th

Amy Molloy

Published 30/08/2016 | 10:31

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TRADE Unions representing Dublin Bus have announced six days of strike action in a dispute over pay conditions.

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Over 330,000 passengers are expected to be affected by the strikes which will take place on the 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 23rd & 24th of September.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) served the notice this morning following over a month of talks. Staff at the company rejected a Labour Court recommendation of pay increases of 8.2pc over three years.

General Secretary of the NBRU Dermot O’Leary said: “It is a sad indictment on Dublin Bus and it's pay masters that they have not made any effort towards resolving this dispute, this despite the fact that it is now over six weeks since the Labour Court Recommendation on pay was rejected by staff, it seems that the Company and the mandarins at the Department are prepared to play Russian Roulette with a public transport service that underpins the social and economic fabric of our Capital City.”

The strike action is a bid to achieve pay parity with Luas Drivers, who last month received pay increases of up to 18 per cent.

Unions at Dublin Bus are seeking increases of about 15pc over three years, as well as a 6pc rise originally due in 2009 under the former “Towards 2016” national agreement that was never paid.

Dublin Bus has said it is "extremely disappointed with the rejection of the Labour Court Recommendation by employees" and the notice of their plan to proceed with industrial action.

"Dublin Bus management will now arrange to meet with the joint Trade Union Group to outline the company’s position, to discuss the issues in dispute and to seek a way forward to avert industrial action.

"Any form of industrial action can only have a negative impact on our company and will inconvenience our customers.  It has the potential to undo the financial stability achieved in recent years."  

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