Dublin Bus drivers seeking same pay rises given to Luas counterparts

The deal saw workers receive pay increases worth approximately 4% per year

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Drivers at Dublin Bus are seeking the same pay as their Luas counterparts as they go to the Labour Court.

The Luas agreement saw workers receive pay increases worth approximately 4% per year.

SIPTU says its members in Dublin Bus have not received a pay increase since 2008.

It also argues that workers have agreed and implemented several re-structuring plans, and the company has also seen "steady increases" in passenger numbers and annual revenue.

SIPTU organiser, John Murphy, said: "The pay claim by our members in Dublin Bus envisages the creation of an agreement with a three-year duration that includes annual pay increases."

"Such an agreement should be in-line with the deal negotiated by SIPTU representatives for our members working on the Luas light rail network that, we believe, sets the standard for transport workers in Ireland."

"Taking into account the productivity increases achieved and wage restraint shown over the last eight years, our members in Dublin Bus are calling for pay rises to be granted that are not dependent on the implementation of any further cost saving measures," he added.

SIPTU says increases in pay must be agreed and implemented as the economy recovers.

It adds that further increases in pay, based on productivity, can be negotiated on a grade-by-grade basis within Dublin Bus.

SIPTU members in both Bus Éireann and Irish Rail are currently in the process of making pay claims that are also in line with those established by the Luas agreement.