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Dublin Bus drivers to vote on strike action

Siptu will ballot members for industrial action next week.

Image: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association Images

COMMUTERS COULD FACE problems in the coming months if Dublin Bus drivers decide to go ahead with proposed strike actions.

Siptu’s Dublin Bus drivers committee unanimously voted to ballot members on industrial action at a meeting yesterday afternoon. That will mean that all 1,200 members will be asked if they want to strike over a pay dispute.

About 93 per cent of drivers rejected proposals to cut their pay and reduce the conditions of employment in a ballot that was counted yesterday.

Union organiser John Murphy said workers could not afford a further reduction in salary or changes to terms of employment.

“If the members vote in favour of strike action, it will only be implemented if management attempt to impose cuts to pay and conditions which are contained in a Labour Court recommendation that has been comprehensively rejected by workers,” he continued.

Despite the strike threat, Murphy said representatives are still available to meet management for constructive talks on the outstanding issues.

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