Strike Called Off In Bus Drivers' Dispute

A strike by Bus Éireann school bus drivers, due to take place tomorrow, has been called off.

SIPTU confirmed that the planned strike, which would have affected 14,000 pupils, had been called off in order for members to take part in a ballot on new proposals agreed at the Labour Relations Commission.

The dispute had been centred on pay and conditions.

It is understood that the proposals include a rise in the basic rate of pay from €11.66 per hour to €12.50, with an incremental scale up to €14.50 over time for drivers, as well as allowing them to join the company pension scheme. Access to the company's sick pay scheme will also be examined. Drivers will be expected to agree to productivity measures in return.

It is understood that both sides have welcomed the proposals. SIPTU National Industrial Secretary Michael Halpenny said that the union was recommending acceptance of the proposal, describing them as a "substantial step forward" in pay and conditions for its members.


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