Dublin bus drivers may take more strike action.
A ballot to decide whether Dublin Bus are to implement new cost cutting proposals is expected to be held today and could lead to drivers striking as a result. It is understood that SPITU’s national officers will sanction industrial action if Dublin Bus members vote in favour of strike action. Dublin Bus announced last week that it would be introducing new plans for cost reduction in order to try and reduce its €52 million debt.
SIPTU drivers are to vote on whether to take strike action as a result of the cuts after rejecting the proposal put forward to reduce costs. SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor had said that the national union officers will sanction industrial action if the members do decide to strike. Mr. O’Connor said that industrial action would be carried out if “Strike action will be sanctioned if that is the democratic decision of the members.”
The move would be another blow to Dublin bus as they have been locked in discussion for some time with its members over issues such as working hours and pay. Any strike action would also cause major disruption to commuters in the city centre. A decision on any strike action is expected to be announced today.