"Dublin Bus drivers deserve our full support” – Gavan
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has called for the full support of the Dublin Bus drivers’ strike, which begins today. The drivers are taking action after the Dublin Bus management refused to improve upon the terms of a Labour Court recommendation which SIPTU members overwhelmingly rejected.
The Limerick based Senator went down to visit the strike action today at the Broadstone Garage and O’Connell St Head office earlier today, and had this to say:
"The drivers have spoken, and they have rejected the Labour Court recommendation and decided to take strike action – and I support their decision.
“Dublin Bus made a profit of €10million in 2014, and a further profit of €11.56m in 2015, and that increase in productivity is largely down to the great service which these drivers provide to us on a daily basis.
“Dublin Bus has returned to profitability, revenue is up, fares are up, but despite these facts, the drivers have not seen a pay increase since 2008. They were promised a pay increase of 3.5% in April 2009, and a further 2.5% increase in October 2009; they received neither of those increases.
“Not only have they had to endure a pay freeze for almost nine years, they have also seen a reduction in Sunday overtime, as well as a reduction in Monday – Saturday overtime. There has been an increase in a working day from 12 to 13 hours and there have also been redundancies to staff.
“The drivers who I’ve met today are here to make the case that they deserve to be treated and be paid much better than the Labour Court has recommended. These drivers know what they are worth and this dispute will continue until management recognises how vital and skilled their very own workers are – this is what happens when you do not appreciate your employees”.