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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Industrial Relations Issues

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick, Fianna Fail)
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40. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the Labour Relations Commission recommendation that Dublin Bus drivers’ overtime and holiday payments be cut, as well as the number of sick leave days, in order for the company to achieve a required €11.7 million in savings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31057/13]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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This question relates to Dublin Bus and the recent recommendations issued by the Labour Court.

In order to ensure the viability of the company, Dublin Bus is seeking to achieve savings from direct payroll costs and from efficiency and productivity savings. Labour Court hearings were held on 15th March and 15th April. The Labour Court has now issued a recommendation and I understand  that the Unions in Dublin Bus are now expected to ballot on the Labour Court recommendation.

I welcome the Labour Court recommendation and I hope the proposals willl enable the implementation of necessary cost saving measures in Dublin Bus.


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