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Gildernew - Onus On Translink to settle dispute

23 October, 2003

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has praised the bus drivers and their Union after they suspended tomorrow's planned strike action and demanded that Translink management now make a realistic offer to the drivers.

Ms Gildernew said:

" The Translink drivers have traditionally used over time to supplement their very low level of basic pay. A new European Directive on working time has limited the number of hours they can work and therefore slashed their take home pay drastically.

" Translink have an obligation to their workers to increase substantially the basic level of pay in order to ensure that drivers are taking home a decent wage.

" I supported the drivers in their action last Friday and I praise them today for the initiative they have taken in suspending tomorrows action. The onus is now on Translink to come forward to the drivers Trade Union with a decent offer which can settle this dispute once and for all." ENDS

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