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The proposals

BUS Eireann's 'Business Recovery Plan' lists a host of measures to reduce its deficit to €5m this year and return the company to profitability next year. Among the proposals are:

Overtime rates for all staff to be reduced from time and a half to a flat rate.

• Holiday entitlements to be cut by three days a year for three years.

• Working week for clerical staff and executives will go up from 36 to 39 hours.

• Uncertified sick days to be cut from four to a maximum of two a year.

• All new employees will be on lower wages and a new pension scheme.

• Shift payments and rota allowances will be abolished.

Irish Independent