Dáil debates

Thursday, 9 May 2013

10:30 am

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

It is all right to talk about the Labour Court and the Labour Relations Commission but, effectively, what is being unilaterally imposed on the workers, who are on an average of €33,000 a year, is a hit of €3,000. That is a phenomenal amount from the pay packets of these individuals and their families. It is not bonus pay. It is all right to take about core pay, overtime, time and a half and all that goes with it. However, a €3,000 cut to the core pay of these individuals is not sustainable. Does the Tánaiste want to put more people into hock by saying "We have to protect the company"? He should go back and fight the case at Government for increased subvention, if the Labour Party believes in the public service obligation and in the principle of an appropriate transport network.


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