Friday 22 September 2017

Travel chaos looms after Dublin Bus vote

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

BUS drivers are set to bring the capital to a standstill if Dublin Bus attempts to force through €11.7m in cuts to overtime and premium payments.

As many as 1,200 workers – half the total number of drivers at the company – will go on strike if the company attempts to change their terms and conditions after SIPTU members at Dublin Bus voted overwhelmingly to reject a set of recommendations for the cuts decided at the Labour Court last month.

In a ballot, 94pc of the union's members voted to go on strike if Dublin Bus management implements the changes without their agreement.

SIPTU organiser John Murphy said: "The strike will only come about if the company tries to impose some of these changes to terms and conditions."

A spokeswoman for Dublin Bus said that all previous cuts had achieved savings without affecting workers' pay.

Irish Independent

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