As commuters brace themselves for a second day of traffic gridlock due to the Dublin Bus strike, a driver union has claimed that the majority of those who use public transport support their members’ demand for “fair pay”.
It has emerged that when the company’s unions meet next week, they may ramp up their action. They are already due to hold two further 48-hour strikes this month, one of which takes place next week.
“The workers have been humbled by the support shown to them by members of the public on picket lines at bus depots across the city,” said Siptu divisional organiser Owen Reidy.
“It is clear that a majority of those who use public transport support our members in their demand for fair pay and sufficient State funding for a bus service which is vital to communities across the city.”
He said such understanding was not evident in the approach being taken by management and the Department of Transport.
“We are yet to receive any indication that they are willing to engage in serious talks about our members’ reasonable pay claim or the provision of a medium to long-term sustainable funding model for Dublin Bus,” said Mr Reidy.
Dermot O’Leary, NBRU general secretary, warned that a crunch meeting on Thursday could determine whether the unions will escalate industrial action.
“People have to get to work and schools and colleges, and certainly the NBRU would be bringing a view to the table that escalation should be the last resort. However if [Transport Minister] Shane Ross, the Government, and the company continue to ignore us, the pressure will come on us from our members to escalate,” he said.
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