Tuesday 17 October 2017

Unions adjourn talks over Bus Éireann pay cuts

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Anne Marie Walsh

Talks at the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to resolve a row over pay cuts have been adjourned this afternoon and will resume on Monday.

Unions said they agreed to an adjournment to allow Bus Eireann to respond to a number of issues before the proposed cuts to their members' earnings are discussed.

They include a Labour Court recommendation in relation to the company's contributions to an income continuance scheme, which the unions claim it has not honoured.

Unions also told the management team today that they wish to discuss cuts already being imposed on workers since last month, including a ban on overtime and working rest days.

They said the measures have "financially impacted our members".

However, the five unions said they were committed to discussing all issues associated with the Expressway crisis.

“Whilst we will engage in such discussion, we remain implacably opposed to any cuts to our members pay, terms and conditions and we remain resolute in relation to reactivating our strike action should Bus Éireann continue to push its stated aim of reducing costs to the tune of €30m," they said.

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