Date Released: 13 February 2017
SIPTU representatives at Dublin Bus are to commence an immediate ballot for industrial action over the breach by the company of the terms of settlement agreed by all parties at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in September 2016.
The settlement terms included a proposal that any increase in basic pay must be recognised for pension purposes from 1st February last. However, the management of Dublin Bus has refused to honour the terms of the WRC settlement.
“This is a fundamental issue as our members are facing a drastic cut to their pension entitlements and it is particularly unacceptable that this is being imposed by a semi-state body which is ignoring the State’s dispute resolution mechanisms,” SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone said.
“While Dublin Bus management has been in contact with this union today to discuss a meeting on the pensions issue, it appears that the company has only now realised the anger its action has provoked among our members and the potential it has to spark a serious industrial relations dispute.”