Dublin Bus 48-hour strike suspended for talks

Dublin Bus 48-hour strike suspended for talks
Transport Minister Shane Ross

Update at 7pm: Transport Minister Shane Ross welcomes the decision of Dublin Bus drivers to defer strike action to allow meaningful negotiations take place.

He is cognisant of the relief this will bring to the travelling public, businesses and all those who have been adversely affected by the recent strikes.

He appreciates the role played by the Workplace Relations Commission in facilitating these negotiations and hopes that all sides are given the appropriate space to arrive at a solution that is fair and achievable.

Ealier: The NBRU has suspended tomorrow's planned 48-hour stoppage at Dublin Bus.

It follows talks at the Workplace Relations Commission this afternoon, aimed at resolving the Dublin Bus pay dispute.

Unions are seeking pay increases of 15%. They were offered 8.25%, which their members rejected.

In a statement released in the past few minutes, the NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary said the union had agreed to suspend the 48-hour stoppage.

It was due to take place tomorrow and on Wednesday.

The suspension is to allow "intensive and comprehensive" discussions on a settlement of the dispute.

All Dublin Bus services will now operate as normal tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday.

Dublin Bus 48-hour strike suspended for talks

NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary (pictured) said: "In agreeing to suspend our member's industrial action we are placing our trust in the WRC and its assessment, following its separate exploratory discussions with Dublin Bus, that significant progress can be achieved over the next number of days in order to find a resolution to this dispute.

"The onus is now very much on Dublin Bus to come to the negotiating table and step up to the plate to go significantly beyond what has already been rejected by all of the Staff and work with the Trade Unions towards achieving a satisfactory resolution of this dispute, falling short is simply not an option for commuters and staff alike."


More in this Section

President Higgins and Defence Minister evacuated from hotel in Lebanese capitalPresident Higgins and Defence Minister evacuated from hotel in Lebanese capital

Gardaí appeal for help in search for missing man in GalwayGardaí appeal for help in search for missing man in Galway

Probe launched as Fianna Fail TD claims colleague voted for him in DailProbe launched as Fianna Fail TD claims colleague voted for him in Dail

Taoiseach: All 27 EU states will need to approve any Brexit extension requestsTaoiseach: All 27 EU states will need to approve any Brexit extension requests


Lifestyle

Ovarian cancer has been dubbed ‘the silent killer’. Christina Henry tells Rowena Walsh why she is one of the lucky onesAgeing with attitude: Life after ovarian cancer

As almost a father of two, Donal Skehan has realised that in order to survive with young children, quick and easy meals are key, writes Ciara McDonnell.Donal Skehan's newest recipes are quick and easy

Jamie Oliver is on a mission to get everyone eating more vegetables with the release of his new book, Veg.A selection of recipes from Jamie Oliver's new book Veg

More From The Irish Examiner