Date Released: 20 July 2016
The SIPTU Dublin Bus Traffic Section Committee has recommended to its members that they reject a Labour Court recommendation concerning pay at the transport company in a ballot to be conducted on Thursday, 28th July and Friday, 29th July.
SIPTU Organiser, John Murphy, said: “At a meeting of the committee this afternoon (Wednesday, 20th July) it was decided to recommend to members that they reject the Labour Court proposals. This was on the basis that the pay increase proposed in the recommendation fails to meet the aspirations of our members by a significant margin.
“Our members believe that the proposed flat annual increase of 2.75%, over the next three years, fails to recognise the productivity increases achieved and the cost saving measures introduced since 2008 by Dublin Bus workers. This is significant as the workers have not received any increase in pay since 2008.”
He added: “The committee also believes it is intolerable that the proposed pay increases would not be included in calculations for pension payments. This is completely unacceptable as the current expected pension payments for our members, even those with very long service, are already inadequate in their view.
“It was decided to ballot our members in the Dublin Bus Traffic Grade on the recommendation over the course of Thursday and Friday of next week. In the likely event of a rejection of the proposals, industrial action by workers at Dublin Bus would seem to be inevitable.”
The SIPTU Dublin Bus Traffic Section Committee represents over 1,200 members working as drivers, traffic operatives and de-safers in the public transport company.