Date Released: 03 July 2013
SIPTU drivers in Dublin Bus are to commence a ballot for strike action after they overwhelmingly rejected proposals to cut their pay and reduce their conditions of employment.
At a meeting this afternoon (Wednesday, 3rd July), the SIPTU Dublin Bus drivers committee unanimously decided to ballot members on strike action. The decision follows 93% of SIPTU drivers in Dublin Bus rejecting proposed cuts to their pay and conditions of employment in a ballot which was counted yesterday (Tuesday, 2nd July) evening.
SIPTU Organiser, John Murphy, said: “It is the clear position of SIPTU members in Dublin Bus that they just cannot afford a further reduction in their pay and conditions of employment.
“If the members vote in favour of strike action, it will only be implemented if management attempt to impose cuts to pay and conditions which are contained in a Labour Court recommendation that has been comprehensively rejected by workers.”
He added: “The workers’ representatives are still available to meet management to engage in constructive negotiations on all outstanding issues.”
SIPTU represents approximately 1,200 drivers in Dublin Bus. The ballot for strike action is expected to be completed next week.