Pay Rates for Bus Éireann Staff

09 April 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Dermot O'Leary


Mr Joe Kenny
Manager Human Resources
Bus Éireann
Dublin 7


2nd April 2014


Re; Pay Rates for Bus Éireann Staff


Dear Sir,


I refer to the above and wish to advise that the NBRU is formally lodging a claim for increased rates of pay for our members at Bus Éireann.

You will be aware that staff at Bus Eireann have endured the severe attacks on their incomes that have accrued from a combination of Government sponsored austerity, Cost Recovery (2009) and the Business Recovery Plan (2012).

Bus drivers, clerical, supervisory and maintenance staff who have successfully kept the wheels turning, now find themselves having to struggle on wage levels from a previous decade.

In 2013, the Irish economy produced the first green shoots of recovery after five years of recession, resulting in increased numbers at work, an improving retail market and an increase in tourism.

You will be aware that the Company have to-date failed to pay the terms of Towards 2016: Review and Transitional Agreement 2008-2009, (Module 2).

The two outstanding components are 3.5% from 1st April, 2009 and 2.5% from 1st October 2009.

This outstanding 6% should as a matter of course feature in any future calculation of pay rates.

It should be further noted that the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices for the period 2009 to 2014 is 8.97% (Inflation.EU)


I am now to advise that the foregoing should be understood to be a formal claim for an increase to rates of pay.

The effective date for a negotiated upward movement in pay rates is the 1st January 2015.


This date coincides with the completion of the LRC proposals dated the 16th May 2013 and the full restoration of the terms and conditions to those which obtained prior to that particular agreement.


Yours Sincerely,

General Secretary


Copy/ Mr Kevin Foley Director Conciliation Labour Relations Commission


Transport Ireland Conference 2014

04 April 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Dermot O'Leary


Responding to remarks made by Minister Varadkar at the above conference the General Secretary of the NBRU Dermot O Leary said:

"The traveling public would be better served if the Minister would commit to having an open and transparent debate with all stakeholders across all modes of Transport with regard to both the funding and provision of public transport, it seems that not a week goes by without the Minister attacking the railway and those who work in an industry operating a 21st Century service within the constraints of Government imposed 20th Century funding."

Mr O'Leary went on to say that "railways by their nature are not profit making entities".

Pay Rates for Dublin Bus Staff

2 Apr 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Dermot O'Leary

The NBRU is formally lodging a claim for increased rates of pay for our members at Dublin Bus.


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Irish Rail Labour Court Referral

21 Mar 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Dermot O'Leary

The NBRU have given a guarded response to the impending Labour Court hearing into Cost Containment issues at Irish Rail.


General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:


“The NBRU will fulfil our obligations with regard to attending at the Labour Court in order to set out our members mandated position in relation to the Company’s proposals”


He went on to say that “the expectation that the Labour Court can bring about an Industrial Relations solution to what is a politically imposed problem runs the risk of undermining those State bodies tasked with resolving Industrial disputes”


Mr O’Leary added that “reducing subvention to the levels which obtained in 1998 and then expect that you can maintain a 2014 level of service by simply asking workers to plug the gap is not a sustainable funding platform for public transport provision”.

Press Release

1 Mar 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Dermot O'Leary

Minister Varadkar on PRIME TIME

General Secretary of the NBRU refutes Ministers remarks regarding pay:

Dermot O'Leary said, "to somehow give the impression that rail workers are paid more now then they were five years ago is disingenuous and is designed to undermine those who are tasked with providing what is a Public Service."

He went on to say; "the fact is that our members have similar to other workers suffered as a result of the austerity measures imposed by the Ministers Government."

"The Ministers negativity regarding the future of the Railway has certainly not served to instil confidence in our members at a time when they are being asked to contribute even more, this is the same Minister who only a matter of weeks ago was out sabre rattling about the inevitability of rail strikes, people are entitled to ask if there is an agenda here."

Prime Time

28 Feb 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Dermot O'Leary

Minister Varadkar on PRIME TIME   27 Feb 14

     Mr Leo Varadkar
     Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
     Transport House Kildare Street Dublin 2

     28th February 2014

Re: Prime Time February 27th 2014


Dear Minister,


It is with disappointment and no little frustration that I find myself having to correspond with your office with regard to your assertion on last evening's Prime Time on RTE that rail workers were paid more now then they were five years ago.


Along with other workers across society, my members are carrying the can for the mess created by the bankers, developers, speculators politicians etc.


Rail workers have not received a solitary pay increase since 2008, despite being owed 6% (now compounded) from Towards 2016. There have also been significant productivity contributions from staff during this period, including absorbing a significant portion of the work of colleagues who left on Voluntary Severance.


The correlation between the massive subvention reduction and the contribution asked of our members has not gone unnoticed and is perhaps reflected in the recent ballot on Cost Reduction Measures.

Notwithstanding this, my members (having lost trust in the Company) tuned in last evening to ascertain if you, as both the line Minister and sole shareholder, could engender confidence and give some type of assurance with regard to the future of the railway in Ireland.

Those same members are this morning being left to wonder if the Minister's role in their future is reduced to that of a cheerleader observing the meltdown of the railway that they and their predecessors helped to build.

Some of those workers remember the dark days of the 1980's when successive Governments underfunded and undervalued the Rail Network.


Our members and their colleagues value the Public Service ethos that comes with carrying people from rural to urban, from one side of Ireland to the other, from home to work/school and back.


The time has long since passed when those that provide such a service should have to apologise for wanting to earn a living and feed their families.


Yours sincerely,

Dermot O'Leary

General Secretary

Notice to Members

26 Feb 14  /  N.B.R.U.  /  Comments by Brian Young

RE: Welfare Scheme

A Meeting took place on 26th February 2014 between the C.I.E. Group of Companies and the C.I.E. Group of Unions to discuss proposals on the Welfare Scheme put forward by the CIE Group.


The proposals included reducing the payment time scale and restoring the period for full benefit. The Company also reiterated their stand on the non payment of the first 3 days payment by Social Welfare taken away in the last Budget.


The General Secretary of the NBRU Dermot O’Leary told the Company that this Union will not go into formal discussions while the 3 day payment hangs over our members.


The NBRU said proposals as constructed are not acceptable, and that these proposals were draconian and immoral and affect those members who are worse off because they are out on illness.


The Company stated that they had to save money. This Union asked for costings to be done, and reiterated that these proposals are not acceptable, and if the Company tried to push them in then they would be looking at a dispute situation. The Company informed us that savings have to be made by the end of April.


As it stands three are no changes in the C.I.E. Welfare Scheme, and we will keep you informed of any further developments.


Brian Young
Branch Secretary

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