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Saturday 10 December 2016

What you need to know ahead of the third 48-hour Dublin Bus strike

Published 22/09/2016 | 11:32

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Services will stop at 9pm tonight ahead of the strikes on Friday and Saturday.

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For the third week in a row Dublin Bus will carry out a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay conditions.

Dublin Bus management have once again released a statement saying services will stop at 9pm tonight “to ensure the safe and secure return of buses to each depot prior to the commencement of industrial action by all employees at midnight.”

Here is what you need to know ahead of the strike:

No Dublin Bus routes, sightseeing tours or Airlink services will operate during the strike and there will be no Nitelink services on Friday or Saturday night.

Dublin Bus has said that all monthly and annual ticket holders will not be able to claim their refunds until after the strike action is over.

Dublin Bus services will stop at 9pm tonight and this includes Airlink services.

Unions announced last week 13 more days of strike action planned for September and October.

The next strike days have been scheduled for September 27th and 28th, with more in October on the 1, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19, 24, 26 and 29.

Staff are seeking a 15pc pay increase over the next three years and a 6pc increase they were due to get under the National Wage Agreement back in 2008 which was deferred.

 Transport Minister Shane Ross yesterday said he will not intervene in the bus strike as he is not a “sugar daddy” and cannot be expected to “ride in on a white horse and shining armour with a cheque book”.

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