Saturday 10 December 2016

Members of small Dublin Bus union back strike action over pay dispute

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 10/08/2016 | 13:31

The proposed strikes would affect up to 334,000 Dublin Bus passengers a day and may take place towards the end of the month
The proposed strikes would affect up to 334,000 Dublin Bus passengers a day and may take place towards the end of the month

Members of one of the smaller unions at Dublin Bus have backed strike action in pursuit of a pay rise of 15pc over three years.

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The Transport Salaried Staff's Association members had rejected a Labour Court recommendation of an 8.25pc pay rise, or 2.75pc a year, in the same timeframe.

General Secretary Manuel Cortes said there was a majority of 57pc in favour of strike action. The vote for action short of a strike was 85pc to 15pc.

The result comes after members of the National Bus and Railworkers Union, which has over 1,400 members, voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

The NBRU has warned that strikes are inevitable unless Dublin Bus makes an improved offer that at least equals a recent Luas increase of 3.8pc a year.

“We support the NBRU's call for a meeting once all the unions have completed their ballots so we can co-ordinate industrial action to secure an improved offer,” said Mr Cortes.

"Given the history of pay freezes at Dublin Bus, our members believe that only an improved offer is the best way of avoiding industrial action at this present time."

The union represents clerical and supervisory grades at the bus company and has roughly 70 members.

SIPTU, representing over 1,600 staff, is still balloting its members.

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