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Monday 5 December 2016

Bus strike mayhem at an end as drivers accept 11.25pc rise

Further bus strikes averted (Stock picture)
Further bus strikes averted (Stock picture)

The threat of further Dublin Bus strikes is over after workers agreed to an 11.25pc pay hike.

A series of one- and two-day stoppages in recent weeks left Dublin Bus users inconvenienced and out of pocket.

However, they learned last night that members of the main unions at the company had voted in favour of proposals agreed during marathon talks.

The deal is worth an extra 3.75pc a year and is only 0.5pc short of the increase given to Luas drivers following a series of stoppages earlier this year.

It is almost double the 2pc being given to workers in the private sector and the wider public sector under the Lansdowne Road deal.

The average salary of a Dublin Bus driver is €35,000

NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said that despite reservations, members had accepted the deal brokered at the Workplace Relations Commission.

"In backing the deal, our members have once again demonstrated that it is their desire to continue to provide a public bus transport service to the citizens of our capital city despite the lack of support by the State in providing sufficient subvention," he said.

Bus Eireann and Irish Rail staff are also seeking pay rises.

Mr O'Leary said: "We will now concentrate our focus on Bus Eireann and Irish Rail staff and seek to achieve a long-overdue pay rise for them."

He said politicians across the spectrum "should pay heed to those they are elected to serve and recognise that workers have had enough of austerity and enforced cuts and are rightly seeking to improve their terms and conditions".

Decent

Siptu's Owen Reidy said the union would continue its efforts to "reclaim lost ground" and achieve "decent" pay rises for workers in the rest of the CIE companies "and beyond".

"We will be building on the achievements of the Luas and Dublin Bus pay deals," he said.

Unions have already submitted a claim for a 15pc pay rise over three years at Bus Eireann, which has been referred to the Labour Court

A similar rise will be sought at Irish Rail.

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