30/09/2016

Dublin Bus Drivers To Ballot Over New Pay Offer

Dublin Bus drivers are to be balloted on improved pay proposals following negotiations between unions and management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

SIPTU Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction Division Organiser, Owen Reidy, said: "Arising from discussions this week at the WRC an improved offer on our members' pay claim has been achieved. We intend to distribute and explain the proposals over the next few days with a view to balloting on their acceptance or rejection towards the end of next week.

"All upcoming industrial action at Dublin Bus has been suspended until the outcome of the ballot is known."

Welcoming the new proposals, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, said: "I think I am as relieved as every member of the travelling public to hear there has been a breakthrough in the talks between Trade Unions and management.

"I would like to thank the WRC, the Trade Unions and management for their commitment to these talks. The hard work, the steely patience and the long hours that they have all put in over the past few days – particularly in the last 24 hours – is encouraging.

The Trade Unions will now ballot their members and this important process will begin shortly."

(MH/LM)

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