Now, over to you Bus Eireann and Irish Railhttp://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0929/820054-dublin-bus/
The deal will see staff receive pay rises totalling 11.25% over three years which equates to 3.75% a year - around the same as the Luas deal, but significantly higher than average awards elsewhere in the private sector.
It represents a significant improvement on the 8.25% (2.75% per year) on offer under a Labour Court recommendation previously rejected by the workforce...
...The deal is not linked to additional productivity.
The first 3.75% is backdated to 1 January of this year. The second phase is due on 1 January 2017, with the final tranche payable on 1 January 2018.
Under the deal, staff will be expected to cooperate with the introduction of drug and alcohol testing at work.
The proposal states that “the testing will be carried out post-accident, for cause and randomly. The random selection will be 5% of employees in any given year"...
..Cooperation will also be expected on measures to reduce absenteeism.
I expected the settlement to be in the middle of what both sides wanted so 11.25% is there or thereabouts. No shock.
But to think in this day and age, and in that line of work, that D&A testing is only coming in now and on such a small scale is mind boggling. And that it had to be negotiated with pay rises to buy it....it just shows you how much power Managment have in Public Service organisations.