SIPTU workers at Dublin Bus being balloted for strike action

Drivers want pay rises in line with Luas drivers

SIPTU workers at Dublin Bus being balloted for strike action

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Over 1,600 SIPTU represented workers at Dublin Bus are being balloted for strike action, with a decision due to be made tomorrow evening.

Drivers want pay rises in line with those recently given to Luas drivers.

Dublin Bus drivers believe they did their part during the recession through pay cuts and cost-reduction measures, and want a pay rise in line with the 18.3% given to Luas drivers to be implemented over the next three years.

The Labour Court recommended an 8.75% increase - but that was rejected by the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU).

Most of its 1,400 members voted in favour of strike action.

Its General-Secretary Dermot O'Leary accused the Government of being silent on the issue, and warned that all-out strike action is now inevitable.

Transport Minister Shane Ross rejected the allegation and said it would not be appropriate for him to intervene in the dispute at this stage.

The Transport Salaried Staff’s Association voted in favour of strike action yesterday.

More than 300,000 could be without bus transport if 1,600 SIPTU members follow suit.

The ballot opened this morning and the result is due to be revealed at around 5.30pm tomorrow evening.