Employers, unions reach a deal on regional bus worker pay

Photo: Brandon Hartley
Waiting for a bus. Photo: Brandon Hartley

Unions and employers have reached agreement on a new pay deal for regional transport workers which will give them a 15% rise over 27 months. In addition, staff will get a €1,000 one-off bonus.

Bus companies have also agreed to bring in extra breaks, and a reduction in hours for workers from the age of 63.

Public transport workers had been striking for several weeks but the campaign was halted mid March when talks resumed.

The deal still has to be voted on by members. The deal covers some 13,000 regional bus company workers.

However, no agreement has yet been reached for the 1,300 bus drivers, conductors and train drivers who work for Arriva, Keolis and Qbuzz. Those talks will resume next week.

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