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Transport chaos with bus drivers split on new deal

COMMUTERS are facing further travel misery with about half of the drivers at Dublin Bus locked in a stalemate with management over cost-cutting measures.

It comes as widespread disruption to DART services in the northside of the capital continues today.

DART services suffered disruptions at the weekend with Irish Rail carrying out work on the signalling system.

And services have been scheduled to operate between Bray and Greystones to Pearse Station only today, with no service on lines north of Pearse.

 

Proposals

There are also disruptions to inter-county train and Irish Rail has urged all travellers to check its website before leaving.

Meanwhile, SIPTU members at Dublin Bus last week narrowly rejected the fourth set of compromise proposals on the travel chaos looming over the company's bid to take €11.7m out of operation.

The union, which represents about half of the 2,300 drivers, voted 51pc to 49pc against the latest set of compromise proposals. However the NBRU, which represents around 1,200 of the drivers, backed the company's proposals by 60pc.

Dublin Bus has said that as 55pc of all drivers and all other grades had accepted the Labour Court recommendation, it would implement the cost recovery plan for all grades without delay.

And there was no sign of a break in the deadlock over the weekend with SIPTU now mulling over its next move, which could see its members walk off the job.

"There is no update and there have been no further talks – the company is going to have to accept the vote," a SIPTU source said.

 

Conflict

Previously, SIPTU threatened industrial action if the company implemented the plan without agreement. However, should the delicate situation lead to open conflict with SIPTU, the union has to give at least seven days' notice of action.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and his colleague Alan Kelly expressed "deep concern" at the SIPTU result.

If the drivers decide to strike, it would be a further blow for commuters who have also suffered from reduced rail services.

hnews@herald.ie

Travel chaos looming over bus stalemate


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