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Dublin Bus drivers are going on strike after rejecting 8% pay deal

The Labour Court recommended an 8.25% increase over three years.

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SIPTU MEMBERS WHO work as drivers with Dublin Bus have voted by a majority of 95% for industrial and strike action in the pay dispute at the company.

Workers at the company had sought pay rises of up to 30% in order to bring them in to line with Luas drivers, but have been told they should be paid less than a third of that.

The Labour Court recommended an 8.25% increase over three years.

SIPTU clerical members also voted to support industrial action and strike action by 87% and 80%, respectively.

The ballot for industrial and strike action by SIPTU members follows their rejection of the recent Labour Court recommendation.

SIPTU is the largest union in the company, representing seven different categories and grades.

All unions at the company submitted a pay claim of 15% over three years commencing from January 2016. They also agreed to seek a retrospective pay increase in lieu of the 6% from a previous national pay agreement that was deferred.

Dublin Bus says the rejection of the deal was “extremely disappointing”.

“Dublin Bus has noted the outcome of the ballots and is available to engage with the Trade Unions with a view to seeking a way forward.

“We strongly urge employees not to engage in any action that will have a negative impact on our customers and the finances of the company.”

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