Sunday 24 September 2017

Dublin Bus funds cut over strike

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

DUBLIN Bus coffers suffered a hit after public funding to the transport firm was cut due to last month's three-day strike.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) confirmed it had taken €423,000 from the bus company's public subvention, as it is only paid for services actually provided to the public.

Bus drivers last week rejected compromise proposals on the company's bid to cut costs by €11.7m.

Drivers in the National Bus and Rail Union rejected company proposals, with 55pc against, while SIPTU members rejected them by a wider margin, with 65pc against.

This was the third time the company's 2,500 drivers had rejected the plans, which included cuts in overtime rates, premium pay and scheduling changes for drivers.

It has raised speculation that the three-day strike that left commuters stranded during August could be repeated.

Irish Independent

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