septembre 16, 2021

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‘Drivers are not for change’ in Dublin job and bus proposals

Officials from the union group said on Friday that Dublin bus drivers’ overwhelming rejection of the wage deal and labor practices meant the proposal was “dead in the water”.

Siptu members and the state company’s National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) voted 97 per cent to reject a proposal offering wage increases in some cases close to 15 per cent in exchange for changing work practices.

John Murphy, Ceptu’s transportation sector regulator, and NBRU’s general secretary, Dermot O’Leary, warned Friday that the overwhelming rejection ended any prospect of such a deal being agreed.

O’Leary noted that the overwhelming rejection was a clear indication that Dublin Bus’s proposals died in the water.

“Bus drivers are not for change,” he said. O’Leary added that workers were asked to choose between a work-life balance and chose the latter.

He also said the proposed wage increases were “well below 15 per cent” in most cases.

Murphy argued that the result of the vote precluded agreement on the proposal or any change in it. “There is no way to change the rejection of the 97 percent,” he said.