Varadkar: Government step in would lead to more strike action

Varadkar: Government step in would lead to more strike action

Update 12pm: Minister Leo Varadkar says the government stepping in to fund wage increases for Dublin Bus drivers would only lead to more strikes.

The Social Protection Minister claims intervening would create a dangerous precedent.

It comes as the Dublin Bus drivers say it's 'insulting' to ask them to call off their strike during the All-Ireland replay between Mayo and Dublin on October 1st.

Minister Varadkar has suggested the drivers should respect the Labour Court decision of an 8.25% pay rise:

Update 11am: The NBRU has said calls to suspend strike action for the All Ireland Football Final replay are premature and 'frankly insulting' to staff

General secretary Dermot O'Leary said: "Our immediate focus is to find a resolution of this dispute for the benefit of Commuters and the Staff at Dublin Bus, it should be understood that there are 400000 people relying on this invaluable Public Bus Transport service on a daily basis, asking Bus Workers who have already been involved in four days of Work Stoppages and will in the absence of a resolution, have been involved in two more before the Replay to consider a suspension of their 24Hr Stoppage just to facilitate a one off occasion is frankly insulting to both Staff and their regular Commuters, those who are calling for this suspension would be far better served if they were to focus their energies on getting this dispute resolved for the benefit of all those who use Dublin Bus services"

Earlier: Dublin Bus workers will not promise to postpone their planned strike on the day of the All-Ireland replay.

General Secretary of the NBRU drivers union Dermot O'Leary said the All-Ireland is a secondary consideration when it comes to their pay row.

At the moment a strike is scheduled to go ahead on Saturday October 1, when Dublin meet Mayo again in the football final.

Dermot O'Leary saif there are some things that are more important than sport.

"There are 400,000 people (Dublin commuters) that want this dispiute resolved for them to attend their work and college," he said.

"The football match - as important as it is, and we all love our sport in this country - that's secondary to resolving this dispute."

Varadkar: Government step in would lead to more strike action

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