Wednesday 26 July 2017

Race to solve bus strike for big game

Dermot O’Leary: NBRU trusts major progress can be made. Photo: Damien Eagers
Dermot O’Leary: NBRU trusts major progress can be made. Photo: Damien Eagers

Anne-Marie Walsh

Commuters have been given relief as Dublin Bus strikes for today and tomorrow were called off - but industrial action planned for Saturday's All-Ireland replay is still set to go ahead.

Talks between Dublin Bus bosses and union chiefs will continue today in a bid to reach a deal on pay. Workers want a 15pc pay rise over three years.

Unions deferred the two-day strike a little over three hours before buses were due to stop at 9pm last night.

But Saturday's strike, the day of the All-Ireland football final replay between Dublin and Mayo, is still set to go ahead. And 10 further days of stoppages are also scheduled, unless there is progress at talks.

Siptu divisional organiser Owen Reidy said: "We have a couple of days to try and fix this."

"The other dates that all of the unions have put in the diary remain, starting from Saturday, but our earnest wish is that we don't have to invoke that."

Irish Independent

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