Good news for Mayo GAA fans as bus strike is off

THERE is good news for Mayo GAA fans this evening as the Dublin Bus strikes have been suspended pending a ballot of staff and following talks between management and unions at the Workplace Relations Commission.

A suspension of services was due to take place on Saturday, the day of the All-Ireland SFC final replay.

The deal will see staff receive pay rises totalling 11.25% over three years which equates to 3.75% a year - around the same as the Luas deal, but significantly higher than average awards elsewhere in the private sector.

It represents a significant improvement on the 8.25% on offer under a Labour Court recommendation previously rejected by the workforce.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has welcomed the move, saying he was 'as relieved as every member of the travelling public to hear there has been a breakthrough in the talks between Trade Unions and management.'

He added: 'I would like to thank the WRC, the Trade Unions and management for their commitment to these talks.'