Dublin Bus strike set to impact passengers from tomorrow

NewsBy Sunday World

Dublin Bus have announced details of their upcoming industrial action and the big news is that passengers will feel the impact on Wednesday evening ahead of the two day stoppage on Thursday and Friday.

It had been announced that the first of three 48 hour strikes by the drivers would begin on Thursday but details have emerged today which means buses will start to disappear off the roads from 9pm on Wednesday, September 7.

A statement on the Dublin Bus website today reads: 'On Wednesday, 7 September, the final departures on all Dublin Bus services will be up to and including 21.00. This includes Airlink services. This is to ensure the safe and secure return of buses to each depot prior to the commencement of industrial action by all employees at midnight that night.'

A full list of the last departure times for each route can be viewed here.

Other Dublin Bus services are also affected. The Ghost Bus won't run on Wednesday and sightseeing tours and Airlink services won't run Thursday or Friday.

Nitelinks are also affected, with no service on Friday night/Saturday morning, September 9/10.

Normal Nitelink services will be running on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

The dispute over pay will see four more days of strike action on Thursday September 15, Friday September 16, Friday September 23 and Saturday September 24.

At issue is a 15pc pay hike over three years sought by Dublin Bus drivers to bring them into line with the salary of Luas drivers.

However, Dublin Bus said it simply can't afford the pay hikes and met with unions last Friday to "get clarity and see if there was a way to avert industrial action" after the unions rejected a recommendation by the Labour Court of an 8.2pc pay increase over three years.

"We can't afford to pay above the Labour Court recommendation," the spokeswoman said.