SOME SLIGO routes
seem certain to be affected in cutbacks proposed by the Labour Court
for Bus Eireann staff returning to work this morning, Friday.
Ten percent of those who have been on strike since March 24th last will not be with the company in 12 months.
Siptu, one of the striking unions, said the proposals would involve ''the ending of routes across rural Ireland.''
1. Drivers earning over €60,000 will set cuts to the earnings plus freezes on increments.
2. Perks providing meals and subsistence will also see a 10% cutback.
3. Work practices will change across all grades of worker if the settlement package is accepted.
Sligo town services and Expressway links to all major towns, cities,
airports and Third Level colleges will be back on the road within the
next 24 hours.
The 17 page recommendation
which emerged from the Labour Court yesterday afternoon is already being
studied by management and workers.
Bus Eireann is now insolvent and has lost an estimated half million euro daily during the 21 days strike.
The package is subject to approval in union ballots, while the companyi itself must also say 'Yes.'
Labour Court's key proposals include cuts of 10 per cent to earnings
over €60,000, freezes on increments, and the closure of Dundalk
said the matter before it was, by common acknowledgement, one that would
determine the capacity of the company to survive.
It said Bus Éireann’s assertion that it was insolvent was of the “gravest significance.''
The Court's recommendation sought to a “fair and appropriate balance,'' it said.
''most difficult circumstances” it had sought to frame a recommendation
which drew a balance between the extreme difficulties facing the
company and the legitimate expectations of the staff.
numbers will be reduced through “natural attrition” and voluntary
severance to achieve the optimal numbers identified, the recommendations
If the recommendations are accepted a minimum of 120 drivers will leave on a voluntary severance basis over 12 months.
The recommendations will also see 22 job cuts among executive grades.
A new composite rate of pay will apply for every hour worked by drivers up to a maximum of 48 hours.
rates proposed are €17.37 for the first year of service, €18.28 for the
second year of service, €19.20 for the third year and €20.11 for year
There will be a complete
review of all driver rosters and duties, and full implementation of
on-board telematics and driver training.
will also be expected to take on “any additional flexibilities”
relating to customer service and providing assistance to passengers as
The changes would also involve the full implementation of a seat reservation system.
A 10 per cent reduction in meal and subsistence rates is proposed for drivers and other grades.
Sligo Bus Depot up and running again...for now. Photo: SligoToday.ie
cuts to executive jobs numbers will be 22. Colleagues will have to
increase their working week by three hours to 39 hours, and a 10% cut
earnings over €60,000 is proposed.
Labour Court has confirmed they provide for a reassessment of ''key
matters'' in the package will be reviewed after 12 months.
These include the recommended composite rate for drivers, loss of earnings, the change to the Sunday
premium for maintenance staff, and the company’s intended reduction in
the earnings of management and executive staff earning over €60,000.
Bus Éireann said it would give due consideration to the Labour Court recommendations.
O’Leary, general secretary of the National Bus And Railworkers Union
(NBRU) said its contention that “major cultural change is imminent” had
been borne out by the recommendation.
“We will now move immediately into a consultative phase with our members across Bus Éireann, he said.
would be done, said Mr O'Leary, ''in order that they will be fully
informed in advance of casting their ballot on the fundamental issues
contained in the recommendation.”
sector organiser Willie Noone said every worker needed to study the
recommendation and consider the consequences of accepting or rejecting
Meetings of both unions members and details of the ballot are expected in the coming days.
Link: See Sligo Today 1/12/2017.