The NBRU and SIPTU have said that their members in Bus Éireann will engage in a "consultative process" to formulate a strategy in relation to pay increases workers are seeking.

In a statement this evening, union representatives accused the company of showing contempt to both the Labour Court and its employees.

Management and unions attended the Labour Court yesterday to address a union pay claim, believed to be worth up to 21%.

However, it is now believed the submission handed in by unions called for similar pay increases to those given to Dublin Bus. 

That amounts to 11.25% over three years - significantly less than the earlier claim for 21%. 

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary said the union decided not to ballot its members for industrial action because it is aware of the crisis at the company.

Dermot O'Leary told RTÉ's Six One it would have been irresponsible not to firstly consult with members in advance of any decision on industrial action. 

He said the pay claim has been ongoing for a number of years, and that round table discussions, involving all stakeholders, surrounding how best to restructure the company have to happen. 

Yesterday, Minister for Transport Shane Ross briefed his Cabinet colleagues on the financial situation at the company saying it is at crisis point and cannot afford pay rises.

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