Dublin Bus staff ballot for industrial action over pension settlement breach
Written by Talya Misiri
Dublin Bus staff and members of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union, (SIPTU) have announced their decision to take industrial action over pension issues.
Staff are set to ballot for industrial action over pension amendments following on from a dispute last autumn.
Siptu representatives have stated that the terms of a settlement agreed by all parties at the Workplace Relations Commission in September 2016 have been breached.
The settlement notes that any increase in basic pay must be recognised for pension purposes from 1 February. However, it has been found that Dublin Bus management has refused to honour the terms of the WRC settlement.
“This is a fundamental issue as our members are facing a drastic cut to their pension entitlements and it is particularly unacceptable that this is being imposed by a semi-state body which is ignoring the state’s dispute resolution mechanisms,” Siptu sector organiser, Willie Noone said on Monday.
“While Dublin Bus management has been in contact with this union to discuss a meeting on the pensions issue, it appears that the company has only now realised the anger its action has provoked among our members and the potential it has to spark a serious industrial relations dispute.”
Members of the National Bus and Rail Union at Dublin Bus also plan to ballot for industrial action over the pensions issue.
Dublin Bus has confirmed that talks are underway at the level of broader CIE group of companies regarding pensions for staff, the Irish Times said.