Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD says a fair and proportionate pay deal can be hammered out between management and unions to avert prolonged industrial action.

Deputy Troy made the comments after a meeting of the NBRU executive proposed industrial action following the rejection of a Labour Court recommendation. The Labour Court had recommended a pay rise of 2.75% annually for three years, or 8.25% in total.

“Dublin Bus drivers have been instrumental in ensuring major progress has been made in delivering improved public services with fewer resources over the past 8 years. The sacrifices that have been made by these drivers in recent years must be recognised, but nonetheless any pay deal must be fair and proportionate. It’s paramount that the long term sustainability of Dublin Bus is secured,” said Deputy Troy.

“I believe the Labour Court proposal offers the best chance of achieving a satisfactory outcome for drivers over the next two to three years. I urge both drivers and management to carefully consider this proposal.

“While the pay deal recommended by the Labour Court has been compared unfavourably with the headline deal struck by Luas Drivers, it is a misconception to compare the deals based on the headline rates secured.

“On an annual basis the Luas pay deal is not superior to that recommended for Dublin Bus drivers by the Labour Court, which amounts to 2.75% per annum. In addition, the Dublin Bus deal offers workers the opportunities for further productivity pay negotiations on a grade by grade basis.

“It’s essential that all parties are aware of the severe disruption that would be caused to commuters should a prolonged strike occur. Such a dispute would also put significant pressure on the operating finances of Dublin Bus and would not serve to enhance negotiating positions.”