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Greyhound dispute could be set to end after 14-week lockout

A new deal has been agreed between representatives on both sides and now awaits a vote from workers.
Sep 21st 2014, 8:00 PM 9,852 16

Updated 8.15pm

IT APPEARS THAT the 14-week lockout of Greyhound workers could come to end tomorrow after new negotiations with management.

Workers confirmed yesterday that they await a new proposal to be put to them on Monday. If the new deal is accepted it will bring a end to the action being taken by staff.

The deal has been agreed upon by representatives on both sides and will face a ballot of the workers tomorrow morning at 11.30am in Liberty Hall.

Speaking as a representative, locked out Greyhound worker Ray Reilly said:

Despite serious concerns and in the interest of finding a resolution, we put our trust into meeting [Executive Director Michael] Buckely half way. We wanted to go into serious negotiations that had a real potential to bring an end to this dispute…We have made sacrifices to get to this point and believe we have accepted more than could reasonably be expected of any worker.

The dispute arose over proposed cuts to worker’s salaries by Greyhound management of 35% pay cut.

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The company contended that this would have still left workers earning more than the industry average and that their cost base was unsustainable. 

Some Greyhound workers and their supporters were at the High Court earlier this month for action they had taken to prevent blocking Greyhound trucks after an injunction had been issued not to do so.

First published 11.34am

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