17/02/2009

Bus Drivers Unite Over Strike Action

Drivers at Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann are to unite in protest over proposals to cut their work force.

Drivers' body, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) are expected to vote in favour of industrial action over a plan to axe around 600 jobs.

The NBRU, represents about two thirds of drivers at the two companies.

In the latest cost cutting plan, some 270 vehicles are to be taken off Dublin's roads, with 120 from Dublin Bus and 150 from Bus Éireann.

The union wants the company to introduce a voluntary redundancy scheme for existing drivers rather than ceasing the employment of probationary drivers.

The NBRU said last month it would oppose and compulsory redundancies or any attempt to treat drivers on probation as temporary staff with no entitlements.

NBRU General Secretary Michael Faherty said: "Any redundancies must be on a voluntary basis and allow the significant numbers of older drivers who have indicated a willingness to exit by a voluntary severance scheme to do so."

(DW/BMcC)

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