Dublin bus strikes called off for vote on pay deal
The Dublin bus strikes have been called off pending a ballot of workers on an improved pay offer.
The development comes after intensive talks between trade union representatives and management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
Commuters and bus users have already endured six days of transport disruption to date. Further planned stoppages had been threatened by drivers and their colleagues.
Those strikes have been suspended pending the outcome of the ballot.
The dispute centred on workers' demands for pay increases. While Dublin Bus had offered to increase wages by 8.25% over three years, the unions demanded 15%.
It is understood a compromise offer has been put by management.
A statement from Dublin Bus said: "Dublin Bus welcomes the settlement proposals put forward by the Workplace Relations Commission today after four days of intensive discussions.
"We thank all parties involved for their constructive and positive engagement, especially the officials of the Workplace Relations Commission for the significant assistance given to all parties throughout this process.
"We also welcome the suspension by the Trade Union group of the future planned industrial action."
Owen Reidy, from trade union Siptu, said: "Arising from discussions this week at the WRC, an improved offer on our members' pay claim has been achieved.
"We intend to distribute and explain the proposals over the next few days with a view to balloting on their acceptance or rejection towards the end of next week.
"All upcoming industrial action at Dublin Bus has been suspended until the outcome of the ballot is known."
Transport minister Shane Ross welcomed the development.
"I think I am as relieved as every member of the travelling public to hear there has been a breakthrough in the talks between trade unions and management," he said.
"I would like to thank the WRC, the trade unions and management for their commitment to these talks. The hard work, the steely patience and the long hours that they have all put in over the past few days - particularly in the last 24 hours - is encouraging.
"The trade unions will now ballot their members and this important process will begin shortly."