Potential action at Dublin Bus averted - SIPTU

The union says management has confirmed they will honour a deal on pensionable pay

Potential action at Dublin Bus averted - SIPTU

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SIPTU says potential industrial action at Dublin Bus has been averted after management agreed to honour a deal on pensionable pay.

Unions had previously indicated they would ballot members after claiming the company had failed to issue assurances over a pensions clause in the Workplace Relations Commission agreement from last year.

SIPTU Organiser John Murphy said: “SIPTU has today received written confirmation from the management of Dublin Bus that it intends to honour settlement terms, agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission in September 2016, which resolved a dispute on pay.

"It is disappointing that it was only when SIPTU representatives notified Dublin Bus of our members’ intention to commence balloting for industrial action, due to this breach of the agreement, that the company confirmed they would honour the settlement terms."

Mr Murphy said it is "vital" that any deals agreed with companies are honoured fully.

"This is particularly the case with public transport, as the impact of any dispute will not only affect the employees and the company involved but also the travelling public who are dependent on their services," he added.

Following a number of strike days last year, in October bus drivers with SIPTU voted by 58% to 42% in favour of WRC proposals, while all other grades approved the deal by majorities of between 70% to 90%.

The deal will see an annual pay increase of 11.6% over a period of 15 months.