Ireland -Bus drivers reject agreement -August 05, 2013

Bus drivers rejected the labour court recommendations agreed with trade unions and Dublin Bus for an €11.7 million cost-cutting plan and started an all-out strike protesting against the implementation of the package. Having little hope of reaching an agreement, Dublin Bus management said it would no longer wait for an agreement and started implementing the labour court recommendation, including longer working hours and cuts in annual leave of clerical workers and management unilaterally. Bus services were resumed, after Dublin Bus suspended the implementation of the cost-cutting measures in favour of further talks mediated by the labour court. The parties then agreed on a temporary package of cuts on overtime pay and allowances that would be implemented for 19 months, after which working conditions would go back to normal. Some 72% of SIPTU members and 67% of NBRU members have rejected the recommendation; six other grades of workers have yet to be balloted.

English: http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0816/468628-dublin-bus-ballot-result/  

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/bus-drivers-win-no-pay-cuts-deal ...

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/full-dublin-bus-service-from-tomorrow ...

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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