More than 90% of Dublin bus drivers rejected an agreement on wage increases and changes in working practices.
Dublin buses noted the result of the poll and said they would look into the result.
The Secretary General of the National Bus and Train Federation (NBRU) said there was “anger among the Dublin bus workforce”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Philip Boucher-Hayes, Dermot O’Leary said many politicians past and present have pledged to address union concerns.
“We do not apologize for much better working practices and conditions than those of private operators,” he said.
O’Leary said they confirmed during the discussions that driver demand was “too high” and “extremely stressful” and that there would be a backlash.
Regarding drivers who are required to learn different bus routes, Leahy said some drivers have been on the same route for “many years” and are recognized by their passengers.
There is a reason, he said, for the existence of standards and working practices.
O’Leary said they are calling on people in the political arena to support the bus drivers and oppose the document.
“A lot of money is being raised in order for these conditions to be eroded or abandoned,” he said.
“There comes a time when work-life balance may trump – and on this occasion it happens – money. It’s that simple.”
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