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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Being paid €55k just to drive a bus is ridiculous'

The NBRU’s Dermot O’Leary (left) and Siptu’s Eoin Reidy leaving the meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission Picture: Colin O'Riordan
The NBRU’s Dermot O’Leary (left) and Siptu’s Eoin Reidy leaving the meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission Picture: Colin O'Riordan

There was temporary relief among Dublin commuters at the news that strikes proposed for today and tomorrow have been called off.

However, industrial action by Dublin Bus drivers is still scheduled to go ahead this weekend.

There was mixed reaction among commuters yesterday at news that the strikes were temporarily called off.

Some commuters told the Herald they thought drivers were looking for too much money.

Elisa Petrellie (31), from Swords, said: "I've been getting the Swords Express into the city, so I haven't been affected too badly.

"But the store I work in definitely has. Staff can't get into work, so they're losing out on hours as well as the store suffering. I don't agree with the drivers striking - they are looking for far too much," she said.

Difficult

"If they're actually looking for €55,000, which is what I have read, then that is absolutely ridiculous.

"That money to drive a bus, I might even apply if that's what is being paid."

Yolanda Maguire (30), from Santry, has also felt the impact.

"The store I manage has really felt the impact of the strikes, especially with Saturday's strikes. It's even worse for the staff on four-hour weeks, who depend on their midweek or weekend shift but can't get to town because of strikes," she said.

"I have sympathy for some drivers but not for others. A lot of them are very friendly and go out of their way to help you but then others aren't that helpful at all," she said.

"In terms of getting around, it has affected me in a big way. I'm relying on lifts from people, which after six days adds up. I would get into town at 6am and not start work until 8am, so there's been a lot of waiting around."

Laura Brennan (21), from Rathfarnham, said: "I've been forced to get a taxi in and out of work during the midweek strikes, so it's been quite costly. Thankfully, they're off tomorrow, and I wouldn't be too affected at the weekend because I have more time to get around," she said.

"The bus drivers shouldn't be striking, they're never on time as it is, so why should they be paid more? I wouldn't be that supportive of them," she added.

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