Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy says every effort must be made to assist workers and management at Dublin Bus in striking a fair and proportionate pay deal.

Deputy Troy made the comments after the Labour Court 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 today’s Labour Court proposal offers the best chance of achieving a satisfactory outcome over the next two to three years. I urge both drivers and management to carefully consider this proposal.

“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.

“Pursuing industrial action will be in no party’s best interest. It would cause hardship for workers, difficulties for the core financial position of Dublin Bus and commuter chaos for bus users.”