Dublin Bus are on strike today affecting 400,000 commuters

Dublin Bus are on strike today affecting 400,000 commuters

Update: 11.30pm: SIPTU says Dublin Bus management needs to come to the talks table.

No official talks have taken place between unions and management since the strike began.

Yesterday unions announced 13 extra dates, hoping it will force negotiations.

Some of the drivers are settling in to the picket lines.

Workers at the Harristown Depot brought out a George Foreman grill and kettles for tea and coffee.

SIPTU Shop Steward out there, Fran McDonnell, says they're not bedding in though, and that they want to get back to work.

Earlier: It is day two of this week's Dublin Bus strike and there are 15 more on the cards. 

400,000 commuters are finding alternative ways to work this morning as bus drivers continue to demand a 15% pay rise. 

Yesterday unions agreed 13 additional days of work stoppages this month and next. 

Dublin Bus spokesperson Cliodhna Ni Fhátharta has said they have lost millions of euro: “We ll we have received notification from the trade union group of their intention to take further industrial action, in pursuit of their 15% pay increase.

“To date this industrial action has cost Dublin Bus over €4m and it is continuing to impact on the stability of the company.

“So now we have to go away and assess the full implications of the announcement made by the trade group.”

Dublin retailers say they are seriously concerned by a significant drop in footfall into the capital during the Dublin Bus strike.

Richard Guiney is the CEO of the business group 'Dublin Town' - he says they're worried that there appears to be no end in sight to the action which they believe is seriously affecting trade.


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