Siptu drivers ‘no’ to bus strike action

Siptu drivers at Dublin Bus have voted not to press ahead with strike action over a proposed cost-savings plan at the company, paving the way for management to start implementing the measures next week.

The Siptu drivers had been the only group of workers at the company to remain opposed to the €11m cost-savings plan which the company has said is essential to its survival.

Following the rejection of the plan in a ballot last week, the union had further balloted the drivers asking them whether they were prepared to take strike action.

Yesterday that second ballot returned 72% against strikes.

The union’s organiser John Murphy said: “The acceptance of the cost reduction proposals by a majority of their colleagues in previous ballots indicated to bus drivers that any strike action would not have the level of unity and support which would be required to successfully fend off the proposed cuts.”

Both Dublin Bus and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar welcomed the decision.


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