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Thursday 27 October 2016

Unions announce protest march in support of Dublin Bus workers

Daire Courtney

Published 22/09/2016 | 15:57

Dublin Bus workers on a previous strike
Dublin Bus workers on a previous strike

NBRU, SIPTU and the other unions who represent Dublin Bus workers have announced a protest in support of pay rises for workers next Tuesday.

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This is in addition to the strike days next Tuesday and Wednesday, and at least eleven other days next month.

Bus workers and supporters will march from the Garden of Remembrance to Leinster House.

Dublin Bus have urged unions to cease engaging in strike action and unions have urged the government to step in and help resolve the crisis.

Speaking to, NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary said "This march is about people understanding that ultimately, the Department of Transport has a responsibility here."

"No-one is expecting the Minister to just open the chequebook, but the reality is that he owns Dublin Bus on behalf of the taxpayer and he cannot have a hand-off role in operating the company."

Meanwhile, Dublin Bus has apologised to customers for the inconvenience and disruption to services this week and urged all employees and Trade Unions not to engage in this planned strike action.

In a statement issued on Thursday evening, they said: "The final departures on all Dublin Bus services this evening will be up to and including 21.00. This includes Airlink services.

"This is to ensure the safe and secure return of buses to each depot prior to the commencement of industrial action by all employees at midnight that night.

"No Dublin Bus routes, sightseeing tours or Airlink services will operate on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September.

"Nitelink services will not operate on Friday night/Saturday morning (23/24 September) or on Saturday night/Sunday morning (24/25 September)."

They continued: "The cost of the stoppages to date have cost the company over €4m and the two day stoppage this week will cost an additional €2m and leave the company in a loss making position by the end of 2016.

"The additional 13 days of planned stoppages will cost the company an additional €15m.This will have a catastrophic impact on Dublin Bus’ financial position.

"The cost of funding the 15% sought by the Trade Unions is €50m to the end of 2018. This additional cost on a company that has only recently returned to a sound financial footing is simply not affordable.

"Dublin Bus has come through an extremely tough financial period in recent years due to the recession and has only just reached a stable financial footing. We have a responsibility to our employees and to the taxpayer to manage our finances to safeguard the economic and financial stability of the company.

They added: "We remain willing and open to engage with the Trade Unions and urge them to return to talks as provided for in the Labour Court recommendation, so that we can work together to move forward and find a resolution to the current dispute."

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