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Commuter chaos imminent as Dublin Bus drivers will strike for six days in September

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Commuter chaos imminent as Dublin Bus drivers will strike for six days in September

TRADE Unions representing Dublin Bus have announced six days of strike action in a dispute over pay conditions.

Over 330,000 passengers are expected to be affected by the strikes which will take place on September 8, 9, 15, 16, 23 and 24.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) served the notice this morning following over a month of talks.

Staff at the company rejected a Labour Court recommendation of pay increases of 8.2 per cent over three years.

General Secretary of the NBRU Dermot O’Leary said: "It is a sad indictment on Dublin Bus and it's pay masters that they have not made any effort towards resolving this dispute, despite the fact that it is now over six weeks since the Labour Court Recommendation on pay was rejected by staff.

"It seems that the Company and the mandarins at the Department are prepared to play Russian Roulette with a public transport service that underpins the social and economic fabric of our Capital City."

The strike action is a bid to achieve pay parity with Luas Drivers, who last month received pay increases of up to 18 per cent.

Unions at Dublin Bus are seeking increases of about 15 per cent over three years, as well as a 6 per cent rise originally due in 2009 under the former "Towards 2016" national agreement that was never paid.

Via Independent.ie