Drivers vote to accept bus dispute plan

 

Dublin Bus drivers have this evening voted in favour of a Labour Court proposal to resolve a dispute with management which has caused travel chaos to over 60,000 commuters.

Dublin bus workers stand in front of a line of stationary buses as they picket Harristown bus depot earlier this week.
Dublin bus workers stand in front of a line of stationary buses as they picket Harristown bus depot earlier this week.

Dublin Bus drivers who are members of the National Bus and Rail workers Union (NBRU) and Siptu

held separate meetings in Dublin today.

It is understood that drivers from both unions voted to accept the proposals with an approximate 60 per cent in favour.

As a result it is expected that bus services for the areas hit by the strike;

Finglas, Swords, Ballymun, Blanchardstown, Donabate, Portrane, Dunboyne, Little Pace, Tyrrellstown, Damastown, Portmarnock, Kinsealy and Kilmore should return to normal tomorrow.

It is understood that the Labour Court proposals seek to add extra travel time to the working day for drivers working on the new

routes. Workers had claimed their working day could be lengthened as they would have to begin or end it in the city centre.

Trade union bosses from both Siptu and the NBRU have apologised to passengers for the action, but blamed the company for unilaterally introducing the routes - the 4A and 128 - without first discussing the rosters with drivers.

Dublin Bus also apologised to its customers but claimed the long-standing agreement between the company and trade unions is that drivers can start, break and finish at either the garage or the city centre.