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13/5/13 Willie Noone, SIPTU arrives at talks between Bus Drivers Unions and management in Bus Eireann at the LRC in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

13/5/13 Willie Noone, SIPTU arrives at talks between Bus Drivers Unions and management in Bus Eireann at the LRC in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

13/5/13 Willie Noone, SIPTU arrives at talks between Bus Drivers Unions and management in Bus Eireann at the LRC in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

TRADE unions have piled pressure on transport chiefs by warning that drivers at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail will vote on strikes in solidarity with Bus Eireann workers.

Trade unions have piled pressure on transport chiefs by warning that drivers at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail will vote on strikes in solidarity with Bus Eireann workers.

Siptu said that its members at the other two companies would be balloted on industrial action despite a 48-hour stay on the walkout and pickets to allow for talks with mediators.

Bus Eireann employees and management have been locked in dispute for months over the company's plan to slash €5m off the pay bill in a bid to stem massive losses.

Siptu shop stewards from Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail from the CIE Group said the vote would be a sign of solidarity with counterparts in the State-controlled bus firm.

"Workers across the three companies that make up the CIE Group share a concern about management attempts to cut staff pay and conditions of employment," Siptu spokesman Willie Noone said.

Siptu's other ballot for strike action involving its members at Bus Eireann will be announced tomorrow, but it is likely to call for a walk out.

"In a show of solidarity with their colleagues in Bus Eireann, shop stewards at the other two CIE companies have requested permission to also ballot for industrial action," Mr Noone said.

"Our members are adamant that it is made clear to management that any attempt to enforce cuts on workers in Dublin Bus and Irish Rail will be resisted."

Mr Noone added: "Workers at the CIE Group of Companies share a deep concern in ensuring the future viability of the Group is secured. However, cuts which only focus on reducing the pay and conditions of employment of workers while seeking no similar contribution from highly paid management grades will not be accepted."

Bus Eireann said the vast majority of its services were back to normal today after the two-day stoppage. Management and unions have until Friday morning to strike a deal at the LRC.

The strike cost the company an estimated €400,000 over two days.

Meanwhile, 10 unions who voted 'No' to Croke Park II are agreed in principle to the latest version hammered out under Labour Relations Commission Chief Executive Kieran Mulvey.

The Government has welcomed the progress made at the LRC and Mr Mulvey is still insisting on Friday as the deadline, in line with the Government's timeline of implementing savings in July.

The LRC boss would not be drawn on which groups had signalled they were close to agreement, but said the negotiations were continuing.

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