Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Dublin Bus workers call off strike

People take part in action amid a bus dispute at Ringsend depot in Dublin

A three-day strike by Dublin Bus workers has been called off after unions and management agreed to enter crunch talks.

National Bus & Railworkers' Union (NBRU) and Siptu trade unions confirmed both sides have been invited to enter negotiations by the chairman of the Labour Court.

Dermot O'Leary, NBRU assistant general secretary, said both unions withdrew the industrial action and that Dublin Bus has agreed to suspend the implementation of its cost-cutting measures.

More than 400,000 commuters were disrupted as the industrial action by workers at the publicly-owned Dublin Bus entered a third day.

Dublin Bus said it welcomed the invitation of the Labour Court to attend exploratory talks tomorrow, when a full bus service will operate.

"As requested by the Labour Court, Dublin Bus will suspend the implementation of the Labour Court Recommendation to enable these talks to proceed," said a spokeswoman.

"The company will work this evening to ensure that buses are ready to enter service from first bus tomorrow.

"Dublin Bus wishes to advise customers that a full bus service will operate across Dublin city tomorrow.

"Dublin Bus apologises to customers for the inconvenience and disruption caused over the past number of days."

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