Bus Worker News

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A newsletter by NBRU Worker Director Thomas O’Connor

Merry Christmas

I would like to take this opportunity to wish every member of staff in every department within Dublin Bus and CIE a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

 

Roundabout nonsense

As drivers may be aware extra penalty point’s offences were introduced on the 8th December 2014. While any incentive to make our roads safer is always welcome, one of the new offences pertaining to mini-roundabouts had me concerned for the ability of bus drivers to carry out their duties without losing their licence.

The new offence “contravention of rules for use of mini roundabouts” had me thinking that bus drivers would receive points on their licences for going over instead of around these painted roundabouts thus forcing huge curtailments to routes!!

I made contact with the Garda Traffic Corp and was informed that the last paragraph in section 9 of the rules of the road covers drivers of large vehicles (including buses), so there is no need for alarm.

“Long vehicles (including those towing trailers), which might have to take a different course approaching or on the roundabout because of their length. Watch out for their signals”.

It is quite upsetting that no explanation of this was forthcoming from management.

Communication between Dublin Bus and its staff needs to improve. The job is stressful enough without the added worry of incurring penalty points for doing it.

 

 

Attendance bonus

This bonus was relied upon by many workers to help them financially through the festive season. Though greatly reduced because of the cost cutting deal, with less worker qualifying due to stricter criteria, many still look to it at Christmas.

Reports have come back of huge problems with many outlets refusing to accept swipe cards, or only having the facilities for chip and pin cards.

This is just not acceptable and I will be raising the issue at the January Board because when purchasing this vouchers in bulk the procurement department should have considered this problem.

 

ACP agreement

An attempt was made by Management to change the ACP entry criteria for 4 day drivers without discussion. Thanks to the vigilance of some NBRU representatives it was noticed and halted.

We will have to be alert for any such attempts going in to the future.

 

New PSO contracts

The new five year PSO contract available on the NTA website. Although some officials from other union were praising the contract on national radio, it is, in my opinion draconian, autocratic and unfair to Dublin Bus and its staff.

If the Polar Vortex brings arctic like conditions to Ireland, Dublin Bus can be fined for not operating even if there is a large snowfall!!!!!!!

This is just one example of the many penal clauses contained within the new contracts…

 

Issued by Thomas O’Connor

NBRU Worker Director

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