I am not well enough informed to know whether their pay claim is reasonable or not. But looking at the bigger picture we have to realise that Dublin Bus is a Public Service, the same as is provided in all EU capital cities.
All such services are heavily subsidised, on average more than double the subvention which Dublin Bus gets. DB’s subvention under FG’s austerity programme has been reduced from 86Mil to 57Mil.
I am unsure what percentage of total running costs of DB come from fares paid, but throughout EU in no capital city do fares achieve even 50%. Remember those who mostly need the service are generally not high earners. It is clear that running a bus service in a capital city requires significant subvention from the national government. Our Gov’t appears to be trying to do it on the cheap. The minister, Shane Ross needs to take a more active interest to ensure the population of Dublin have a functioning Public Bus Service.
Final comment: Bus drivers do not get paid into off shore accounts nor do they earn enough to buy the services of EY, KPMG, PwC or Deloitte’s who could perform financial gymnastics to ensure the Gov’t gets as little tax as possible. They pay their full tax and PRSI and spend their take home pay in the Irish economy. Their spending is another Irish person’s income.