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A newsletter by NBRU Worker Director Thomas O’Connor

New CIÉ tower to set to dominate the Dublin skyline.

An artist’s impression of what the a 22 storey might look like at Tara Street

 

A massive redevelopment of vacant sites by CIÉ could see a 22 storey high rise built on a vacant site at Tara Street.

CIÉ is to avail of the strong demand for office sites in Dublin city centre and enlist a partner to develop a high-rise office block alongside Tara Street Dart Station and George’s Quay.

The move comes as a range of developers and investment funds are pitching for suitable city centre locations now that the demand for office space has soared again and top rents are even higher than during the property boom.

Instead of selling off the site of around one-third of an acre, CIÉ is anxious to lock in to an income stream with the successful developer who will handle the planning application and build out the project.

The State transport company is prepared to either grant a 300-year ground lease or take 10 per cent of the annual rental income from the proposed building, whichever is the higher.

Pay claim

The National Bus & Rail Union is scheduled to attend the Labour Relations Commission on Thursday 23rd July at 10.30 am for the pay increase which was lodged in April 2014.

Workers in Dublin Bus not received a pay rise since 2008, and the avalanche of direct and indirect taxes introduced since then by various administrations have meant the ability of workers in the transport sector to make ends meet is severely diminished.

The ability of Dublin Bus to recognise the sacrifices of its workers is evident from its most recent published accounts. An increase in revenue by €12 million from the 2013 figure (which was €13 up on the 2012 figure), a reduction in costs by €6.5 million, and an increase of 5 million passenger journeys.

On paper there would seem that the fundamentals of the business are sound and there is sufficient basis to reward the workers for their efforts.

Aer Lingus

The European Union has cleared the way for IAG’s €1.4 billion takeover of Aer Lingus. It’s a sad indictment of the alleged party of the workers, the Labour Party and their associates in the Trade Union movement.

CIÉ is the last bastion of truly unionised workers and we must do whatever is necessary to protect that status.

Issued by Thomas O’Connor Worker Director

Please email any queries to Tom O’Connor at nbru@eircom.net, nbru.workerdirector@yahoo.com.

Contact him on Twitter @nbruworker or by phone on (086)8426197

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