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Off The Buses

Dublin Bus drivers could be going on strike again

Bad news for commuters.

DRIVERS AT DUBLIN Bus and Bus Eireann have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

Over 90% of the SIPTU-represented drivers at the companies voted to back the move over plans to put 10% of routes up for sale.

Drivers and unions are nervous that any sale would lead to job losses at the semi-state companies. SIPTU Divisional Organiser Owen Reidy told that the National Transport Authority (NTA) had failed to deal with drivers’ concerns.

He said that both companies had failed to adequately assuage fears over the conditions for drivers who transfer to private firms.

He said that it was crucial that drivers be treated well to prevent a “race to the bottom”.

Drivers represented by the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) will ballot next week, but Reidy says that no concrete plans for a strike have been formalised.

“We would hope the NTA would cop on before then.”

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