SIPTU members in all seven grades of workers within Dublin Bus have today (Friday, 7th October), voted to endorse the pay deal negotiated between union representatives and management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) last week. Bus drivers voted by 58% to 42% in favour of the proposals. All other grades voted in favour by majorities of between 70% to 90%. SIPTU Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction Division Organiser, Owen Reidy, said: “This agreement involves a pay increase of 11.6% over the next 15 months. SIPTU members have been clear that given the sacrifices made by them during the years of economic recession they were due a decent pay increase. He added: “This result today means that the long running dispute at the company is over and the series of eight scheduled days of work stoppages during October will not now occur. “Having resolved this dispute after negotiations with management, it is evident that further problems will arise in the company as long as the Government and the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, in particular, fail to substantially increase the subvention for public transport in line with other EU countries. “Meanwhile, SIPTU members will continue with the effort to reclaim lost ground and to achieve decent pay increases for workers in the rest of the CIE companies and beyond. In this, we will be building on the achievements of the Luas and Dublin Bus pay deals.”