Thursday 21 September 2017

'An exercise in futility' - Talks between Dublin Bus and drivers break down yet again

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Ryan Nugent

Talks between Dublin Bus and its drivers have broken down yet again this afternoon, with the company unwilling to offer pay increases higher than recommended by the Labour Court.

Drivers representative body, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has called the latest meeting an “exercise in futility”.

General Secretary of the NBRU, Dermot O’Leary told independent.ie that they never expected any progress on pay talks today.

“We did advise in advance of our meeting that parading all parties through the door to create what has now transpired to be a false and misleading impression that the issue of pay could be magically resolved, was something that staff and commuters would find intolerable, this ritualistic marching of people in and out of buildings,” Mr O’Leary said.

“It was just to tell us that they were not in a position to do anymore beyond the Labour Court,” he added.

A Labour Court decision in July recommended a 2.75pc a year pay increase, which was rejected by drivers.

Mr O’Leary has called on Transport Minister, Shane Ross to loosen shackles on Dublin Bus in order for them to find a solution to the dispute.

The breakdown in talks means that six days of strike action is set to go ahead at the company.

The strikes will take place on September 8 and 9, 15, 16, and the 23 and 24.

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