Date Released: 15 February 2017
SIPTU representatives have said that a potential dispute at Dublin Bus has been averted following the union receiving written confirmation today (Wednesday, 15th February) that management intends to honour an agreement on pensionable pay.
SIPTU Organiser, John Murphy, said: “SIPTU has today received written confirmation from the management of Dublin Bus that it intends to honour settlement terms, agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission in September 2016, which resolved a dispute on pay.
“Dublin Bus had sought a deferment of applying agreed increases in basic pay to our members’ pension entitlements. This deferment was to allow discussions to take place between trade unions and CIE Group management in an effort to resolve pension issues within the Group’s schemes. This deferment was agreed until the end of January 2017.
“Over the last number of weeks, SIPTU representatives had repeatedly sought assurances from the management of Dublin Bus that the company intended to honour the settlement terms and apply the increases in pay to pensions as of 1st February, 2017. Unfortunately, such assurances were not forthcoming. It is disappointing that it was only when SIPTU representatives notified Dublin Bus of our members’ intention to commence balloting for industrial action, due to this breach of the agreement, that the company confirmed they would honour the settlement terms.”
He added: “Where unions and companies make agreements, particularly where the parties are tasked with the delivery of a vital public service, it is vital that they are honoured fully. This is particularly the case with public transport, as the impact of any dispute will not only affect the employees and the company involved but also the travelling public who are dependent on their services.”