Dublin Bus needs to engage with the unions as a matter of urgency – Cullinane
Sinn Féin spokesperson on workers' rights, David Cullinane TD has highlighted the urgency with which Dublin Bus needs to engage with unions and reach an acceptable solution in the face of possible industrial action.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"Dublin Bus workers have not had a pay increase in eight years.
"During those eight years they worked constructively with management to implement several measures that have increased productivity and reduced costs for the company.
"These were successful and the company has been in profit for the past two years, and will be again this year. For this the workforce has received no thanks.
"The Labour Court ruling did not link the proposed pay increases to pension rights – that is, pay increases would not be used in the calculation of pension rights.
"The elephant in the room here is the government’s decision to privatise select routes on Dublin Bus.
"This is the reason why management do not want to see any deal reached on pensions.
"We have seen time and again the scandals that surround employee pension rights in this state. Clerys is just but one example.
"The workers at Dublin Bus need to protect their pension rights as it is clear that this government will not do it for them.
"They also have legitimate expectations of a pay increase after eight years of putting their shoulder to the wheel to secure the company's position.
"Nobody can accuse them of being irresponsible given the savings they have bought to the company since 2008.
"Sinn Féin calls on the management of Dublin Bus to engage with the workers and to reach an acceptable and equitable conclusion."