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Dublin Bus drivers agree new pay deal


Dublin bus drivers have accepted a new pay deal

Dublin bus drivers have accepted a new pay deal

Dublin bus drivers have accepted a new pay deal

Dublin Bus drivers have accepted a new pay deal, ending a wave of strike action threatening more disruption on the capital.

Trade unions Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union both confirmed a decisive majority of member backed the deal in a ballot.

Union bosses and Dublin Bus management forged an agreement at the Workplace Relations Commission last week offering drivers an annual pay increase of 11.6% over the next 15 months.

Owen Reidy, of Siptu, said: "This result today means that the long running dispute at the company is over and the series of eight scheduled days of work stoppages during October will not now occur."

But he warned further problems will arise as long as the Government refuses to "substantially increase" state funding for the company.

Dermot O'Leary, general secretary of the NBRU, said almost eight in ten of drivers in the union backed the pay deal, despite reservations.

"Our members are extremely grateful for the support provided by the Dublin Bus community over the last number of weeks," he said.

"Politicians across the political spectrum should pay heed to those that they are elected to serve and recognise that workers across society have had enough of austerity enforced cuts and are rightly seeking to improve their terms and conditions."

Mr O'Leary said the NBRU would now focus on Bus Eireann and Irish Rail workers, who are also demanding pay rises.