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We JUST got over the Luas debacle, and now Dublin Bus drivers are seeking a pay rise, too.

A hearing took place in the Labour Court this morning, with the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) looking for salaries consistent with the Luas drivers' pay rise.

Last week, Luas drivers were offered increases of 18 percent over 33 months as part of a deal aimed at ending the ongoing strikes of late.

The NBRU is expected to ask for a six percent increase as well as any rise received by Luas workers, reports The Irish Times.

Honestly, we don't think we could handle another Luas strike, let alone a bus strike. Here we go again…. 

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If you rely on the LUAS to get to and from work everyday, it seems you may find yourself in a spot of bother in the upcoming weeks.

A representative of LUAS said that the drivers have voted in favour of strike action and 24 to 48-hour stoppages are "quite likely."

221 out of 223 LUAS employees who took part in a Siptu ballot following a pay dispute with Transdev, and they have voted for industrial action, but the union will need 21 days notice if they choose to do so.

Drivers are seeking a 40 percent increase to their wages, like heavy rail drivers for Irish Rail.

Speaking to RTÉ's DriveTime, Siptu organiser Owen Reidy said discussions on the matter will begin next week.

“I anticipate that given the result and the fact that it is emphatic that there will be a lot of frustration, and the ballot can allow us to do 24 and 48 hour stoppages,” Owen said.

He also mentioned that the union had been talking to management for over 18 months but they had been “getting nowhere”.

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