Dublin Bus unions to ballot members on Labour Court proposals

Thursday 08 August 2013 22.38
Dublin Bus services will operate as normal during the consultation period
Dublin Bus services will operate as normal during the consultation period

Unions at Dublin Bus are to ballot their members on a new Labour Court document in the ongoing row over cost-cutting at the company.

Negotiations involving unions and management at the company ended at 5am this morning.

Dublin Bus services are operating as normal and will do so for the duration of the consultation period.

Dublin Bus management and unions spent 15 hours at the Labour Court in an effort to bring an end to the dispute, which culminated in a three-day strike earlier this week.

The row centres on €11.7 million in cuts.

Unions say the cuts impact unfairly on their members, but management says the cuts are necessary to ensure the financial stability of the company.

The two sides yesterday made their cases to Labour Court Chairman Kevin Duffy, who drew up a revised plan.

Union members overwhelmingly rejected the last Labour Court recommendation on the matter.

In a statement, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Alan Kelly thanked unions and management for their efforts through the night in reaching a proposed agreement.

SIPTU said its members will vote on the proposals next week and should have a result by 16 August.